Whoever has stolen money from bribes for government contracts should be sent behind bars, and the property be seized under state control. This is the categorical opinion of GRReporter readers regarding the case of the former Greek Defence Minister. 65 per cent of those who read the Bulgarian version of the site think so, 51 per cent - of the Greek readers and 69 per cent - of the English ones.
Far less, but still a significant number, believe that Akis Tsochatzopoulos is just a scapegoat of the old rotten political system, which is fighting tooth and nail in self-defence. 12 per cent of the Bulgarian version readers, 20 per cent of the Greek and 13 per cent of the English don't believe that the once powerful politician is the only one who has "tapped the barrel" and they think that others who embezzled public money must be captured too.
Greek readers are the most sceptical that the law will be applied. 15 per cent of them are convinced that the system will protect its once outspoken member, in order to reduce the probability that he will reveal all involved in the scandalous transactions. The same opinion is shared by 10 per cent of GRReporter's Bulgarian readers and only 5 per cent of the English readers.
At the same time, the least in number are the Greek readers who agree that Akis Tsochatzopoulos's property should be seized and he should be set free and forced to make a living only with his pension. Probably because parliament pensions in Greece continue to be particularly high. This is determined as the most appropriate solution by 7 per cent of the Bulgarian readers and by 5 percent of the English.
The jocular option "His wife should be set free in order for the market of women’s luxury goods to revive" gathered quite a few answers. Most ardent were the Greek readers, who supported it by 10 per cent, followed by the English - by 8 and the Bulgarian - by 6 per cent.
In fact, ever since she has been under arrest, Viki Stamati has been trying to come out under a variety of pretexts. Her lawyer managed to win her a treatment for a short time in a specially adapted room for prisoners in a large hospital in Athens "for a risk of haemorrhage" which, however, turned out to be her monthly cycle. During all this time, and while trying to convince everybody how much she is missing her child, she has continued enjoying her favourite and particularly expensive creams, which have been delivered to prison by her beautician.
Today Viki Stamati's lawyer sent a letter of appeal to the Director of the prison in Korydallos, because his client's "health and life are at a great risk."
The lawyer asked again for a hospital admission, since (again his words) the prison's doctor had required Viki Stamati to be subjected to "an emergency psychiatric examination", because on 31 July she had been taken to the prison hospital with severe headache and susceptibility to seizures.
In the letter, the lawyer also says that Viki Stamati "expresses concern about the serious deterioration of her health yesterday, and today even more."
At the same time the daughter of former Prime Minister, Areti Tsochatzopoulos, who is also in custody, announced via her lawyers that she will give all properties, which are in her name, to the state. Commentators believe that this action will change the course of the investigation against her.
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