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Greek Former Minister gets 3-year suspended jail sentence

Former Minister Tassos Mantelis was given a three-year suspended jail sentence for failing to submit his source of income declaration for the years 2006 and 2007.  Controllers had found a difference between the income declaration and the real assets. Had the Athens court given him the maximum sentence of four years, as the prosecutor had demanded, Mantelis would have gone to jail. Further to the suspended jail sentence, the former minister has to pay a 7,500 euro fine and has been deprived of his political rights for one year. Other similar charges have been written off due to 5 years limitation time.

Tassos Mantelis, a former transport and communications minister of socialist PASOK government, has  admitted to have got a 200,000 euro election campaign ‘sponsorship’ by the SIEMENS, the German colosus notorious for its bribes worldwide.

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