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Jailed former Greek minister sentenced to another 20 years for money laundering

Jailed former Greek minister sentenced to another 20 years for money laundering
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In a case that has come to symbolise the corruption that has plagued crisis hit Greece, a former minister has been sentenced to a further 20 years for money laundering.

Akis Tsohatzopoulos, 74, is already serving eight years for tax fraud.

The sentencing of the one-time prime ministerial candidate is the highest profile conviction in a country where public anger is seething against the generation of politicians seen as having led Greece into its debt crisis.

But Greek efforts to clear up graft have a long way to go.

In the most recent list of nations seen as being the least corrupt, Denmark came top followed by Finland and New Zealand with Greece coming a lowly 94th.

In countries where bribery and corruption is a daily problem analysts say economic development is stunted and graft can be entrenched by a rich and corrupt elite.

Many of Greece’s unemployed are said to support the government’s crackdown on high level tax evasion and fraud.