ND allegations about PM’s brother disputed by lawyer handling case

Main opposition New Democracy’s allegations concerning the prime minister’s brother were “deliberate distortions” of the truth, his lawyer Ioannis Mantzouranis claimed in a statement released on Sunday, responding to the main opposition’s claims. According to the lawyer, his client Dimitris Tsipras had never been sentenced in court and thus had no need of “custom-made legislation” to get him off.

The lawyer was replying to a main opposition party announcement that accused the government of trying to “confuse the issue” and not replying to accusations that ‘made-to-order’ legislation had allowed the premier’s brother to avoid jail time for a sentence handed down for presenting a fake document (stating that his company was up to date with payments to social insurance funds) in order to get a state contract worth 1.1 million euros.

“It has not even been 24 hours and [the claim made by] New Democracy is fully confirmed by the most authoritative source, Mr. Dimitris Tsipras’ lawyer Yiannis Mantzouranis. In his appearance on Skai [television] today, Mantzouranis admitted that Dimitris Tsipras was not only tried because his company submitted a fake [document] in order to get a state contract worth 1.1 million euros but did not serve his sentence only on account of the ‘photographic’ law passed by Mr. Paraskevopoulos that made his offence statute barred,” the announcement said.

Replying, Mantzouranis noted that the Paraskevopoulos law has been in force since 2016 for all Greek citizens while the court had at no time imposed a sentence on his client so that he might benefit from it.

“In order to restore the truth and fend off obviously deliberate distortions of reality, it should be noted that in order for a sentence to be imposed and not served, this requires that the defendant be found guilty. In the specific case of Dimitrios Tsipras, the court did not examine the essence of the case, made no decision on guilt and consequently, did not impose any penalty, since it accepted that punishability had been eliminated and did not proceed to make a judgement, either on guilt or for a sentence,” he pointed out.