Greece’s Supreme Court dismisses match-fixing and criminal gang charges against Marinakis
The Greek Supreme Court on Monday dismissed all charges against Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis related to match-fixing and the creation of a criminal gang within Greek football.
The country’s highest three-judge court rejected Deputy Supreme Court Prosecutor Haralambos Vourliotis’ revocation of a ruling regarding the charges, while at the same time rejected the initial filing of charges regarding the creation of a criminal organisation.
This effectively means that the Supreme Court has annulled the entire legal reasoning in the case and that definitively and irrevocably, Marinakis will not face criminal charges regarding these offences.
“The Supreme Court is placing a gravestone on the prosecution for acts over which Marinakis had been acquitted by the Appellate Court Council, which thus become irrevocable, and thus absolutely vindicate Marinakis,” said the prominent Greek businessman’s legal counsel, Vasilis Dimakopoulos.
He continued: “At the same time, there is a revocation of the provision filing charges regarding the article in the athletics law that pertains to athletics bribes, as well as of charges regarding the establishment of a gang, as they are considered unjustified. Moreover, I certainly await a ruling of acquittal from the Council of Appellate Court Judges on the aforementioned provisions.”
In addition, the Criminal Division of the court revoked the ruling filing charges regarding the altering of a result (bribery) and the creation of a criminal gang, as it judged that the filing of these two charges lacked a specific, proven cause.
Local reports in Greece said that legal circles maintain that this means that the Council of Appellate Court Judges will acquit on those charges as well.