Gianna, husband cleared

A court of first instance in Athens yesterday threw out a lawsuit by Constantinos Angelopoulos against his brother, businessman Theodoros Angelopoulos, and his brother’s wife, former Athens Olympics chief Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. Following a bitter family feud, the couple was being sued for 3.3 billion euros which Constantinos Angelopoulos claimed he lost because of his brother’s business dealings. The court found no evidence to support allegations that the couple had embezzled money from the Angelopoulos family inheritance. It also decided that the two brothers did not own their inheritance in common, therefore Theodoros was free to invest the money without informing Constantinos of his intentions. Judges rejected allegations that Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki had any involvement in her husband’s business affairs. Constantinos Angelopoulos was ordered to pay 200,000 euros to the couple after judges decided he had defamed the pair by using libelous language in his lawsuit.