Greek. Prosecutor says ex PASOK minister guilty of money laundering
A prosecutor on Monday proposed that former PASOK minister Tasos Mandelis be found guilty of money laundering in relation to the sum of 450,00 German Marks (about 230,000 euros) that he is alleged to have received from German company Siemens for securing an OTE Telecom contract in 1997.
Following a hearing at an Athens appeals court that lasted several months, the prosecutor was not convinced that the money received by Mandelis was pre-election donation as the latter has repeatedly claimed.
Elections were held a year-and-a-half after the money transfer, the prosecutor noted, and did not go towards the polls but towards Mandelis's expenses for his son's attendance at a foreign university.
The prosecutor also called for another defendants, former Siemens executive Ilias Georgiou, to be found guilty.
Georgiou was initially given a 12-year suspended sentence while Mantelis was given eight years.