Spouse and daughter of Akis Tsochatzopoulos file for parole

The spouse and daughter of Akis Tsochatzopoulos, the former defence minister jailed over bribery and money laundering, applied for parole on Thursday.

Vicky Stamati and Areti Tsochatzopoulou, the former minister’s wife and daughter, respectively, were led to the women’s jail in Eleonas near Thebes earlier on Thursday. Each has been sentenced to eight years in jail in connection to the same case of bribery over armament procurement contracts.

Both said in their separate applications that they have already served part of their sentence and fulfilled the conditions that would allow their release under terms.

Akis Tsochatzopoulos is expected to file for parole as well, according to sources, using provisions related to age and health. He had been released conditionally for health reasons before an appeal was rejected and he had to return to jail.