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Novartis Hellas to pay $225 million to resolve U.S. bribery charges

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that Novartis Hellas, a Greece-based unit of the Swiss drugmaker, entered a deferred prosecution agreement and will pay a $225 million criminal fine. Novartis will also pay $112.8 million to settle related civil charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Novartis …

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Greek court strikes a blow to Airbnb rentals in apartment buildings

Short-term rentals via online platforms like Airbnb need the consent of all apartment owners if the place to rent is in an apartment building. This was the ruling of a Greek court in Nafplio, a ruling that strikes a blow to the Airbnb market in the country. The One-Member Court …

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Court sentences ex SIEMENS executives to up 15 years imprisonment

An Athens Court of Criminal Appeals imposed the maximum sentences to several former top executives of SIEMENS and the Greek telecommunication company OTE as well as to bankers and businessmen involved in the kickbacks scandal. The executives were found guilty of kickbacks and money laundering in order to secure a …

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Pervert student sentenced to 10-month imprisonment on 3-year suspension

A court in Thessaloniki sentenced a pervert student to 10 months imprisonment with a three-year suspended sentence. The 20-year-old student had ejaculated on the back of a female student in the Library of the Aristotle University last week. The man was still in the university premises when he was arrested. …

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SIEMENS: Court rules 22 defendants guilty of money laundering, bribery

Fifteen years after the SIEMENS bribes scandal broke out, the Greek Justice ruled that  22 out of 54 defendants in total were guilty of money laundering and bribery. Two of the convicted are fugitives. The Three-Party Court of Felony Appeals ruled on Tuesday that 22 of the defendants were found …

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Heavy rain in Athens? Justice employees use hairdryers for case-files and court-rulings

After every heavy rainfall in Athens, state employees at the archive of Athens Court of First Instance plug hairdryers, lay case-files and court rulings on the floor and press “ON” to start drying them. Reason for this unorthodox practice is that the roof of the building leaks and the official …

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Justice for Tyrell Matthews Burton: Cretan court convicts two Britons

A court on the island of Crete found two 25-year-old Britons as guilty of charges of direct and simple complicity for the murder of Tyrell Matthews Burton. The 19-year-old was stabbed to death while on vacation in Malia in 2013. More than six years after the murder, judges and jury …

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Eight sentenced for bullying student Giakoumakis, leading to his suicide

A Court in Ioannina charged eight out of nine defendants with prison sentences of 36 months and 150 hours community service for bulling 20-year-old Vangelis Giakoumakis, leading to his suicide. The ninth defendant was found not guilty. It was the worst known and most tragic  cases of bullying in Greece. …

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Lugman murder: Court recognizes racist motive, sentences attackers to 21 years each

A Greek court of appeals sentence two defendants to 21 years and 5 months imprisonment for the murder of 27-year-old Pakistani laborer Shehzad Lugman in Petralona suburb of Athens in January 2013. It is the first time a Greek court recognizes a racially-motivated crime against life. The court handed down …

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EU Court denies Varoufakis access to ECB decision that led to capital controls

The European Union’s top General Court denied access to a European Central Bank (ECB) document which underpinned its decision to freeze vital funding to Greek banks in 2015, that resulted in forcing Athens to impose capital controls. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and German left-wing parliamentarian Fabio De Masi(Die …

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Submarine kickbacks: 21 defendants receive redeemable prison sentences

A three-member Appeal Court in Athens announced the penalties for 21 defendants who have been found guilty to be involved in the famous Greek-German scandal of Submarines kickbacks.  The court imposed prison sentences to 20 of the defendants as the 21st, a French-Swiss banker, is on the run. The former …

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Court rejects Folli Follie’s injunction for protection by creditors

A Greek court has rejected an injunction filed by jewellery maker Folli Follie for temporary protection of its assets from creditors, local and international media report. The court decision opens the way to creditors’ claims up to a certain amount of money. Folli, a luxury Greek brand with a distinct …

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Court rules scrapping 13th & 14th pension was “illegal”, orders return of €11K

A  first-instance court in Thessaloniki ruled that austerity cuts scrapping the 13th and 14th pensions were illegal and ordered the pension funds involved to return the money. The court ruled that  70-year-old IKA pensioner Odysseas Tsologiannis has to await for a total amount of 11,184 euros. The pensioner had filed …

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Corfu court clears man who poured petrol on dog, scraps €30K fine

The three-member Misdemeanor Court on the island of Corfu found that the man who poured petrol oil on a dog was innocent and therefore scrapped also the 30,000 euros administrative fine imposed by police. The 62-year-old man appeared in court on Friday with “good intentions” and provided a paper by …

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Justice Ministry intervenes in prison release of ex Energa executive

Greece’s Justice Ministry intervened in the prison release of former executive of private power company Energa, Aris Floros. A court ruled the release on health grounds and triggered an outrage. Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis has reportedly asked for the court ruling that opened the way for the release of the …

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