At the weekend, or on Monday at the latest, banker Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, who is in custody for the Proton Bank affair, will be transferred to Korydallos Prison. The banker spent the night in custody, after he was admitted neither by the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica in Daphne, nor by the Red Cross Hospital Erikos Dinan, to which he himself asked to be transferred. The decision for detention was made by Judge Joanna Hadzaki who even visited Evangelismos Hospital, where Lavrentiadis was being treated, to hear his testimony. It lasted about an hour and a half. Reportedly, the banker rejected all accusations, claiming that the inspection of the National Bank of Greece, which was the base for the charges, was wrong, and, that, from the very first moment, when the judicial investigation started, he had wanted to return the money. Joanna Hadzaki ordered that he and his collaborators at Proton Bank be detained. It is believed that Lavrentiadis was preparing his escape from the country.
During the police action, when more than 20 bank employees were arrested, members of the Management Board of Proton Bank from the period of the scandal were also disclosed and arrested - Trifon Kolindzas (CEO), Antonis Athanasoglou and Dimitris Saramandis. Other members of the Management Board of the Bank of the investigation period are still being searched for, and they will be accused of the same things. These include Petros Kiriakidis, who has disappeared, Smaragda Liarmakopoulou and Dionisis Bitaris.
It is noted that Lavrentis Lavrentiadis and many of his associates were accused of using the bank they managed to illegally finance Lavrentiadis's companies. Economic Prosecutor Grigoris Peponis ordered the arrest of another 24 people. The most serious crimes that those arrested are accused of include creation and management of a criminal organisation, legalisation of dirty money within the criminal organisation, frauds and embezzlement with aggravating circumstances.
Lavrentiadis, Kolindzas, Athanasoglou and Saramandis, as well as Smaragda Liarmakopoulou and Dionisis Bitaris are not allowed to leave the country. Gramatiki Arvaniti and more than ten others were also accused of creation of a criminal organisation, embezzlement and money laundering.
During the police action in the house of Lavrentis Lavrentiadisv on Thursday evening, the police found a small army. Some 16 men worked as bodyguards of the banker without any legal authorisation and were all arrested. These include four officials from the police, two from the regular police and two from the port police. Two police officers worked at the National Security Service and the Office for Combating public nuisance, respectively. An official disciplinary investigation is being carried out for their participation in the group. The two other law enforcement officers are divers from the port police.