If you felt "fed up" with reports regarding Justice during days before Easter, then get psychologically prepared, for what follows will be exceptionally more serious, bigger and more interesting. Actually, this will be something much bigger: These days will define the future of Greek football!
Your comments helped us realise that a lot of people have been confused with those two cases and neither is clear in their heads. So, given the chance, we will describe the process and the progress of the judicial investigation that is to come, we will help clarify all the details and facts, but also the differences between those two cases.
First off, let's make it plain: These days there were TWO DIFFERENT cases on the news, two cases with nothing in common!
The first and more contemporary one is the case of the alleged "Football crime syndicate", regarding facts that happened between 2012 and current date and concerning 25 people, who are already prosecuted.
The second and older one, which came around again, is the case of "fixed games", the notorious "Koriopolis", which came up to the fore in the summer of 2011. It regards facts between 2008 and 2011 and led to the prosecution of up to 180 individuals.
Let's examine what has been done and what is expected to be done after Easter... «CRIME SYNDICATION»
The case had been in the hands of the former Sports Prosecutor, Aristeidis Koreas, who had interrelated various charges (explosion in Petros Konstantineas's bakery, fixed 2012 referees list, football personas complaints, etc) and came up with a case-file which included a number of witness testimonies, but also plenty of wiretapped conversations, recorded by the Greek Intelligence Service (EYP), during May, June and July 2012 (and exclusively during that period).
In December 2014, Aristeidis Koreas prosecuted 16 individuals, 7 of which were charged with the creation of and the participation in a crime organisation (a Football Club Chairman, a highly ranked Board member of the Greek Football Association, two of its Board members, a former highly ranked member of its Board and two former members of the Central Referees Committee. The rest (a Club Chairman, three refs and five members of Football's disciplinary committee) were charged with minor offences.
Subsequently, the case-file was delivered to the special corruption investigating judge, Giorgos Andreadis, who enriched it with new testimonies and charged more individuals, raising the total number of those prosecuted to 25 (up to now). Last week, he summonsed and gave an apology due date to five referees (Amparkiolis, Kampaksis, Ioannidis, who all were among the first 16 and Spathas, Dimitropoulos who were added at a later time), five members of disciplinary committees (Pantelopoulou, Zampras, Zygogiannis, Vlassis, Anastasakis) and a Football Club Chairman (Kombotis).
Right after Easter, all the rest, and surely those 7 with the heaviest charges, will be summonsed. They will also ask for an apology due date. The first ones who were granted that will have delivered their apology by the end of April, while most likely, the second "lot" will have done the same, early May.
Before the end of May, Giorgos Andreadis will fulfill his task and we will learn who and how many will be prosecuted and for which crimes. Then, the case-file will be given to a public prosecutor, who will study the case and submit it to the judicial council, to decide who will be brought before Justice.
The final word belongs to the judicial council, which will issue a true bill for some or discharge others. The whole process is expected to be complete mid to late summer, so that the Court's date is appointed after that. «FIXED MATCHES» (KORIOPOLIS)
The case was handled by the prosecutor Popi Papandreou and regards the reports about suspicious football games results that the UEFA issued from 2008 to 2011 and the wiretapping of phone conversations by the Greek Intelligence Service (EYP), from January to May 2011 (and exclusively during that period). On June 22, 2011, Popi Papandreou issued 15 arrest warrants and charged 83 individuals, among them there were football clubs board members, chairmen, football related persons, football managers, football agents, footballers, illegal bookmakers, even gamblers! Beos, Tsakogiannis, Karakoulias had been detained as Makis Psomiadis had been, a few months later, after his arrest in Skopje, where he had fled.
The case-file has since changed hands three times, for various reasons, with investigators Kasimis, Kalophonos and Avgeris taking charge one after the other. This resulted to a delay in the proceedings, while at the same time, the number of those charged raised from 83 to almost 180!
At some point the case had been split to parts, as Makis Psomiadis was about to be released on parole, after 18 months in jail. Thus, in September 2013 the first Court for Koriopolis opened its gates, to issue a decision in December of the same year: Five were found guilty (M. Psomiadis, T. Mitropoulos, K. Riavoglou, P. Amanatidis, D. Kotoulas), six were found not guilty (S. Psomiadis, G. Papakostas, G. Christovassilis, V. Aggelis, Dimitriou, Chavenetidis), while six matches were deemed to have been fixed: Kavala - Agrotikos Asteras, Anagennisi Karditsas - Kavala, Agrotikos Asteras - Kavala, Ilisiakos - Agrotikos Asteras, Illisiakos - Ethnikos, Olympiakos Volou - Ilisiakos.
Regrding the rest of the defendants, the case was given to the Deputy Prosecutor for Appeals, Panagiotis Poulios. It took Mr Poulios more than a year to compile his bill on who should be sent before Court and for whom charges should be dropped. It was finally submitted on Wednesday 8/4/2015 and numbers 3.092(!) pages, according to which 90 individuals must appear before Court for various offences and 74 others are cleared of all charges! The prosecutor's bill will be delivered to the defendants's attorneys on Wednesday 15/4/2015, when all names will be revealed. According to what has already leaked from judicial sources, among those charged are Giorgos Tsakogiannis (for three felonies), Achilleas Beos (two felonies) and Borovilos, Kompotis (for misdemeanor). Marinakis, Kanellopoulos and Kalogiannis appear to be among those cleared.
In any case, the final word belongs to the judicial council, which will issue respective bills. Due to the big number of the defendants, no time estimation can be made, on when those bills will be issued. However it is something that needs to be done immediately, because misdemeanors perpetrated in 2008 or 2009 have already been barred by time limitation of legal proceedings! NOTE: For the 2011 "fixed matches" case, Sports Justice had also been activated, in contrast with its reaction regarding the "crime syndicate" case, for which it appears... nonchalant.
In the summer of 2011, two clubs were relegated (Ilioupoli, Ionikos) and three clubs were penalised with points deduction (Olympiakos Volou, Kavala, Aetos Skydras). Even more, four individuals were banned from football for life (Beos, M. Psomiadis, Tsakogiannis, Chalkos), while six more were banned for a period varying from 2 to 7 years (Kanellakis, Charalampidis, Papadopoulos, Navriniadis, Dotsis, Nikolopoulos).
In total, Sports Justice judged 20 clubs: 15 were cleared and 5 were found guilty (8 had been found guilty by Courts of first instance, and 5 of them had been relegated!). Along with the clubs, 53 (!) individuals had been judged (chairmen, managers, footballers, referees). Ten of them were convicted, of whom four for life! 43 others were cleared, of whom 10 were convicted by Courts of first instance, but have been cleared by Higher Courts.