In favor of the release of Greek Former National Defense Minister and PASOK MP Akis Tsochatzopoulos’ daughter, Areti Tsochatzopoulou, and against the release of his wife, Vicky Stamatis, ruled today the five-member Felonies Appeals Court. The two women, along with Tsochatzopoulos, are imprisoned for their involvement in a defense procurement kickbacks and money laundering case.
Tsochatzopoulou has been imprisoned for almost 2.5 years and the votes in favor of her release were three to two, while the court prohibited her from leaving the country and set a 30,000-euro bail. In addition, she is required to appear at her local police station twice a month. Commenting on the court decision, Tsochatzopoulou said that she feels happy that she will finally be able to reconnect with her children.
On the contrary, the court voted against the early release of Stamatis, who is currently facing psychological problems and is transformed from Korydallos Prison to the Dromokaitio Psychiatric Hospital of Athens, Greece . This was not the first attempt of Stamatis to be released, as her petition was denied in May 2014. The court unanimously denied Stamatis’ petition, after the prosecutor’s suggestion to refuse her release. Stamatis has been given a 12-year sentence and has been in prison since April 2012.
Tsochatzopoulos was arrested in April 2012, facing, amongst others, charges of money laundering.