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The penalties according to the penal code

The six felonies for which Kokkalis is to stand trial have penalties ranging from five years imprisonment to life. Spying: Whoever intentionally and illegally manages to acquire or gain knowledge of objects or information with respect to the interests of the State or its allies and which must be secret from foreign governments is liable to imprisonment for at least one year. If, however, the accused acted with the intention of passing on the above (objects or information) to another person, or of announcing them in such a way as to endanger the interest of the State, and especially its security or that of its allies, he or she is liable to a term of imprisonment (5-25 years), and imprisonment in wartime. Legalizing income from illegal activities: There is a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for anyone who, for the purpose of profit, to conceal the true source of income or to help a person involved in criminal activity, buys, conceals, receives, becomes in any way entitled to, exchanges or transfers any property which derives from the above activity. If the perpetrator conducts such activities by way of a profession, or is particularly dangerous, or is a repeat offender, the penalty is at least 10 years’ imprisonment. This law also provides for confiscation of property which is the product of criminal activity, even if this property belongs to a third party, if that party knew of the criminal activity at the time of acquiring the property. Another article in the same law on money laundering stipulates that the examining judge may, with the prosecutor’s agreement, freeze the accused’s accounts in banks or other financial institutions or prevent the accused from opening safe deposit boxes, even if they are jointly held with third parties. Passive and active bribery, according to the law on misuse of public monies, carries a penalty ranging from five years’ imprisonment to life, in the case of aggravating circumstances, especially if the perpetrator persistently offends over a long period of time or the amount of the bribe is exceptionally high. Fraud carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment if the perpetrator commits fraud professionally or habitually and if the loss amounts to 5-25 million drachmas. Embezzlement of movable property valued at more than 25 million drachmas carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.