He has been accused of being a leading figure in Greece’s football’s “match fixing syndicate” as well as of fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and instigating an explosion endangering human life.
So, he was obviously the ideal candidate to be given one of the only four TV licences by Alexis Tsipras during a bizarre auction last week.
But the delight of Olympiacos chief and Oligarch Evangelos Marinakis at being one of the chosen few has been short lived.
Today, the appeals prosecutor recommended Marinakis be detained until his trial for ignoring court orders banning him from football.
According to the Appeals Attorney’s “the current behavior of Mr. Marinakis is proving his total disrespect of Greek Justice and the strong possibility of committing new crimes in the future”. Precisely the reason Tsipras granted him a TV license, I wager.
Hat’s off to Appeals Prosecutor. Marinakis likely would have used his TV channel to start a campaign smearing the few honest prosecutors left in the Greece who stand between him and more crimes at the expense of the country in return for round the clock TV propaganda for Alexis Tsipras.
Meanwhile, Tsipras himself prepares to travel to Thessaloniki to give a speech about how great the Greek economy is under the protection of 3,000 to 4,000 police, water canons and helicopters, report local media.
His popularity in the polls has halved in polls already and the real cuts have yet to begin.