ATHENS — A former Greek defense minister was found guilty of money laundering on Monday in the most prominent corruption case to date in the financially stricken country.
An Athens court found Akis Tsochadzopoulos, a prominent figure in past Socialist governments, guilty along with 16 of his 18 codefendants, including his wife, former wife, and daughter, after a five-month trial. He had spent nearly 18 months in jail in pretrial detention, as had his wife, daughter, and other close associates.
In March, a court had sentenced the 73-year-old Tsochadzopoulos to eight years in prison for submitting false income declarations. It also ordered the seizure of his home in central Athens and imposed a $706,800 fine. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.