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Crooked prof taught a lesson

Aristotle University’s disciplinary board has handed down its first three-month suspension of a professor over blackmail charges, it was revealed yesterday. The board launched an inquiry into the Department of Medicine professor, whose name has not been released, following allegations by students that he had tried to buy their votes in the school’s rectorial elections in June 2007 in exchange for giving them pass marks in their exams. The university’s decision stated that the professor «used blackmail and made direct and indirect threats against his students, most of whom were electors.» Student testimony also revealed that the professor – who was one of the department’s most respected academics and also served as a clinic director at the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki – also threatened that he was in a position to influence other professors against the students whose votes he sought.