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Panathanaikos owner Alafouzos handed year jail sentence by Piraeus court

Ioannis Alafouzos

December 22 – Panathanaikos chairman Giannis Alafouzos, a bitter and vocal opponent of Olympiakos owner Vaggellis Marinakis, has this week been sentenced to a year in jail for violating Greece’s Privacy Act.

He was sentenced alongside Kyriakos Thomaidis, a journalist and host of the TV show ‘H Diki ston SKAI’ (Trial on SKAI) by the Piraeus Criminal Court. The complaint was brought by Marinakis.

Alafouzos is the publisher of newspaper Kathimerini and founder and chairman of Skai Group which owns the television station Skai TV, as well as three radio stations.

This is the second time Alafouzos has been convicted of violation of the Privacy Act on the SKAI show. The first time he was sentenced to a year and four months in jail.

Alafouzos has increasingly been the focus of Greek authorities’ attention. On August 10, 2016, the Greek Prosecutor for Financial Crimes, Panagiotis Athanasiou, ordered the freezing of Alafouzos’ property and bank accounts, after an investigation by the Greek Center for the Audit of High-Income Taxpayers (KEFOMEP) concluded that Alafouzos had engaged in tax fraud.

Alafouzos founded the Panathinakos Alliance 2012 with players and fans of the club. The alliance took a majority stake in the club and Alafouzos became president in September 2012.

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