Greek former mayor, local officials sentenced to life for embezzlement

A court in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has convicted three of the city's former top officials, including a former mayor, and sentenced them to life imprisonment for embezzling more than €17 million from the municipality.

Former mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, who was also previously a junior government minister, insisted he had not been involved in any embezzlement. The municipality's former general secretary, Mihalis Lemousias, and former treasurer Panagiotis Saxonis were also given life sentences.

All three are to be jailed later Wednesday.

Two former financial directors were sentenced to 10 and 15 years each, and were released pending their appeal.