Former minister gets suspended jail sentence

An Athens court on Wednesday sentenced former minister Tassos Mantelis to a three-year suspended sentence for failing to submit a sources of income declaration for the years 2006 and 2007.

The defendant did not appear in court, while a similar charge for preceding years was written off due to a statute of limitation law.

Mantelis has been implicated in the Siemens kickbacks furor, related to his tenure as a transport and communications minister in the late 1990s.

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