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Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece

Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
01/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki. Sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzling more than 17 million euro from the municipality.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
02/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos upon entering The Courthouse in Thessaloniki on February, 27, 2013.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
03/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos upon entering The Courthouse in Thessaloniki.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
04/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos upon entering The Courthouse in Thessaloniki.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
05/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos upon entering The Courthouse in Thessaloniki.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
06/11
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Former cashier of the municipality Panagiotis Saxonis upon entering The Courthouse in Thessaloniki.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
07/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki on February, 27, 2013. Sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzling more than 17 million euro from the municipality.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
08/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki on February, 27, 2013. Sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzling more than 17 million euro from the municipality.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
09/11
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Former cashierof the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki municipality Panagiotis Saxonis is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki on February, 27, 2013.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
10/11
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Former Mayor of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki Vassilis Papageorgopoulos is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki on February, 27, 2013.
Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
11/11
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Former general secretary of the Greek northern port city of Thessaloniki municipality Michael Lemousias is escorted to prison in Thessaloniki.
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece
  • Former Mayor of Thessaloniki sentenced to life imprisonment in Greece

A court in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has convicted three of the city's former top officials and sentenced them to life imprisonment for embezzling 50 million euros from the municipality between 1999 and 2008.

A Thessaloniki criminal court on Wednesday ruled that the city's former mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, is guilty of embezzling almost 18 million euros from municipal coffers over the course of his two terms in office, handing him a sentence of life in prison.

Papageorgopoulos and 17 other officials stood trial for allegedly embezzling almost 52 million euros from the municipality’s coffers, though the Thessaloniki court on Wednesday said that there was proof of 17.962 million euros having been misappropriated by the former mayor and his cohorts.

The Thessaloniki court on Wednesday also handed lesser guilty verdicts to the municipality's former general secretary, Michalis Lemousias, ex-cashier Panayiotis Saxonis and two more former directors of the municipality's financial services.

The other parties standing trial, including three former deputy mayors in charge of finances, were acquitted of all charges.

Papageorgopoulos served two terms as Thessaloniki mayor before being replaced by Yiannis Boutaris in local elections in November 2010.

Boutaris accused Papageorgopoulos of providing inaccurate financial figures when he took over at City Hall.

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