Verdicts passed for trial fixers

Some six years after revelations about a trial-fixing ring began and 20 months after 17 suspects, including judicial officials and lawyers, went on trial, a court yesterday convicted six people for a range of offenses but was unable to prove the existence of a network that bribed judges to secure favorable verdicts. The appeals court for felonies sentenced former priest Iakovos Yiossakis, who was accused of being the ring’s middleman, to nine years and 11 months in jail for money laundering and other related offenses. The archimandrite had spent 17 months in custody following his arrest. Lawyer Sakis Kehayioglou was given a six-year suspended jail term for money laundering. His colleague Nikos Emmanouilidis received two years and four months. Former judge Antonia Ilia was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Another two ex-justices, Panayiota Tsevi and Anna Korovesi were also given jail terms.

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