A strange development in the “criminal organization” case surfaced recently. This development has created questions to the judicial authorities and all those who are familiar with the case.
On December 4, 2014, assistant district attorney Aristeidis Koreas decided to prosecute 16 people for the aforementioned case. The accused were given a deadline to go and get the case file (as is their legal right), together with the CDs that contain conversations which have been recorded by EYP (the Greek secret services/intelligence bureau).
What’s strange is that the deadline has passed, but only one of the 16 individuals who are being prosecuted went to pick up the case file. The question that arises is why the other 15 showed no interest in picking up the case file. It is also being noted that nothing like that has ever happened, not just in big sports legal cases, but in big legal cases in general.
According to judicial sources, this development could be reflecting the substance of the case, as the one who has the case study in his hands is one of the “protagonists” of the case and a very powerful person in football. However, the stance of the rest of the individuals under prosecution appears to be strange and suspect.
We remind you that for this case, the people being prosecuted are:
1)Three members of the Directors’ Board of EPO (Greek Football Federation)
2)One former member (high-ranked) of the Directors’ Board of EPO.
3)Two former members of KED (Central Committee of Refereeing – the committee responsible for the assignment of referees in games).
4)Three active referees of Super League.
5)Two presidents of Super League teams.
6)Five other individuals, reportedly members of jurisdictional bureau/offices of EPO.
Both this case and the case of the “fixed matches” from 2011 proceed and there will be more developments soon. For the first case, the individuals being prosecuted are expected to be called to give plea sometime around Easter. As for the case from 2011, assistant district attorney Panagiotis Poulios is working on the final details of his proposed charges, before filing them to the court council.
Τhe establishment of truth in both cases is entering the final stage.