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Former Greek defence minister found guilty of corruption


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Former Greek defence minister found guilty of corruption

Former defence minister in the Greek Government Akis Tsochatzopoulos has been found guilty of corruption after a trial which lasted five months.

The court heard that Tsochatzopoulos, who held the defence portfolio in the PASOK government between 1996 and 2001 set up a complex money laundering scheme.

It was used to cover a trail of millions of euros in bribes for government defence procurement including the purchase of German submarines and Russian anti-aircraft systems.His wife and daughter were also implicated in the scheme.

Tsochatzopoulos who is already serving an eight year prison term for failing to declare the source of his wealth has yet to be sentenced.

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