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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-10-01
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Batopedi Monastery: Accounts Frozen01 Ïêô 2008 00:03:00
By Katerina Ioannidou
Sources: ÁNA-ÌPA-ÍÅÔ-ÍÅÔ 105.8
After the freezing of 41 million account of the Batopedi Monastery, the Authority for the combat of money laundering has decided to freeze a second account mounting to 18 million regarding pieces of land in Mikra Thessaloniki. In parallel, in their announcement, the Monasterys lawyers have expressed its intention to return all its real estate from exchanges of land with the Greek state, maintaining that the Greek state forwarded the exchanges of land. PASOK party deputies, Dimitris Reppas, Evangelos Benizelos and Dinos Roblias proposed a draft-bill for the settlement of ownership in Bisthonida and the exchanges of land between the Greek state and the Batopedi Monastery. SYRIZA party deputy, Yiannis Dragasakis, after his statement to Prosecutor, eleni Sotiropoulou spoke of a complex scandal and political responsibilities. Mr. Dragasakis also presented 3 Economics Ministry vouchers approving sums for the Batopedi Monastery till February, 2008 for allowing fishermen to fish in Bisthonida lake despite of the exchange of land.
In the meantime, Supreme Court deputy-Prosecutor, Andreas Zygouras has been assigned to rule on Athens Notary Public Association question on whether notary public Aikaterini Peleki-Boulgarakis participation in real estate management companies is legal or not. According to judicial sources, however, legislation forbids issue of ruling when investigation on a similar case is in progress.
Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis