Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has claimed that his eight-year jail sentence for failing to fully declare his assets in 2008 and 2009 was the result of political intervention.

Several days after being handed the sentence, Tsochatzopoulos issued a statement on Sunday accusing the coalition government of making him a scapegoat.

Tsochatzopoulos claimed the court’s verdict was “a unique decision in post-junta Greece”.

On Friday, the Athens Council of Appeals Court Judges decided that Tsochatzopoulos and 18 others, including his wife and daughter, should stand trial in connection to the alleged acceptance of bribes while he was in office and the laundering of this money through offshore companies and property purchases.

Source: ekathimerini.com