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Justice vs. involved in match fixing - 0:1

29 September 2011 / 14:09:22  GRReporter
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The Greek police are again on the trail of the infamous football boss Makis Psomiadis, after the judicial council ruled that he should be arrested for the case of the fixed matches. Judges have ruled out on the dispute between the investigator and prosecutor, which resulted in the release of the notorious football boss. They stood on the prosecutor side and issued an arrest warrant for the former owner of the Kavala football club.

On receipt of the order, the authorities began searching Makis Psomiadis and as expected, failed to find him in any of the homes he has. Police are still looking for him, not excluding the possibility of his leaving the country, although there is no evidence for this so far.

Shortly after the announcement of the council, lawyer Christos Stathis said the football boss would surrender to authorities. "Mr. Psomiadis will surrender himself in the coming hours, after settling some things," he told a sports radio station, adding that his client was not involved in the match fixing scandal.

For her part, the prosecutor on the case is particularly sharp to the investigator in the proposal submitted to the judicial council. "The same investigator, who proposed the imposition of strict disciplinary measures against the accused person, because he considered that there is serious evidence of his guilt, then said he did not consider him a potential runaway.  All this despite his issuing of an arrest warrant, on the base of which Makis Psomiadis was arrested. He was hiding for three months and there was an international arrest warrant against him. The accused himself proceeded with the preparations for his flight and rented a new home. This means that he is not going to appear "voluntarily" as claimed. "

In her proposal, the prosecutor emphasizes the nature of the case, rejecting Makis Psomiadis’ arguments of the recorded telephone conversations. "The argument of the accused that a comparative analyses of the sound documents was not made to determine whether the voice is actually his, and the dialogues full or sparse, has no legal basis or from an objective point of view, because in his statement of  September 20, 2011 he confessed that the conversations took place. He just gives them different meaning than that of the accusatory body. Voice recognition to confirm its authenticity is not required if the content of the talks is confirmed by other methods of proof "is the opinion of the prosecutor Athena Teodoropoulou.
She pays particular attention to the matches that UEFA identified as suspicious. "The UEFA's list of 40 fixed matches contains the name of the Kavala football club five times, Iliupoli – eight, and Olympiakos Volos and Ethnikos Pireas - six times. Sufficient evidence of guilt of the person Makis Psomiadis is reinforced by the decisions that sports justice has recently issued against him." The prosecutor said that although he refuses to be a football functionary, Makis Psomiadis is the real owner of the Kavala football club, citing "the sworn testimony of the witness Alexis Kougias of November 16, 2010, and the testimony of Stavros Psomiadis" who is his son.

She suggested Makis Psomiadis be arrested based on the charges for legalization of income from illegal activities. "He has been associated with various companies, enterprises and activities, although there is rarely direct intervention in companies that exist only "on paper". He pays in cash, which is said to carry in plastic bags for waste and avoids using the financial system to cover his traces. He has made efforts to distinguish his position from the companies he obviously manages. Instead, he uses a system of family and friends to control the companies related to his interests. "

Nikolaos Pateras, the former president of football club of Panathinaikos, refuted yesterday the authenticity of the controversial calls in the case of fixed matches. He testified before the magistrate as a defense witness in the case against Makis Psomiadis. Nikolaos Pateras told the media, "I do not participate in all the recorded conversations" and added that he was defined as an interlocutor in some of them but he was not actually.
"Mr. Beos called me and told me:" If you do not rule properly in the match Aris – Panathinaikos, Russians and Albanians will come. I will come with them to laugh. You will not live longer; we will kill you and your children." This is part of the unknown until today testimony of the former referee George Daloukas before the sports prosecutor, who investigated the case of fixed matches in March this year. The testimony is related to phone calls, according to which the former owner of Olympiakos Volos Ahileas Beos, who was arrested in the case, contacted the referee following the order of the president of Olympiakos Vangelis Marinakis. The purpose of the call was to force the Greek referee to mediate to his Italian colleague, who would rule the match Maccabi - Olympiacos for the Champions League.

Although at the beginning of his testimony George Daloukas said, "nobody ever bothered me on this occasion," he told later of the threats he still receives. "They call me every day from a hidden number. They call my wife, even in my parents' home. The same voice says, "Tell your husband that he will not live long. If he speaks we will slay you and your children, we will get at your house with Kalashnikovs. "

Three months after the testimony, the car of referee Daloukas was set on fire.

Tags: SportsFootballFixed matchesFootball bossSearchCourtInvestgatorTestimonyThreatsMakis PomiadisAhileas Beos
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