Two former GNTO officials get suspended sentences


Two former senior officials of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) received suspended prison sentences over the weekend after being found guilty of taking bribes to help businesses in Greece’s tourism sector by a Thessaloniki court.

One of the officials, a former GNTO regional director, received a suspended term of three years and nine months and the other got a two-and-a-half year sentence.

The two women were arrested in August 2012 after they were found to have demanded 2,500 euros from a businessman in Pieria, northern Greece, in exchange for a permit to operate a bar at a hotel he owned.

The second official was caught in the act of accepting the money from the hotelier.