ATHENS – A doctor suspected of arranging the release from prison of a convicted embezzler with a medical certificate showing he was 67 percent disabled was being questioned by a prosecutor after the document appeared to be bogus.
Aristides Floros, 39 was convicted to 21 years in prison in February 2017 for embezzlement, smuggling and money laundering over the Energa power company scandal, as well as to another 13 years in 2014 for ordering an assassination attempt against a lawyer, was arrested Aug. at his home in the southern Athens suburb of Glyfada.
He had been released from Halkida Prison after presenting judicial authorities with medical evidence that he suffered a disability.
The doctor at the Capital’s Evangelismos Hospital is suspected of arranging it so that Floros would be given medical certificates claiming he suffered from seizures and had a disability of 67 percent, the lowest limit required to ensure his release.
The medical certificate that didn’t have the proper signatures and was incomplete, a report on the website documentonews.gr had reported, sparking a public outcry and investigation that led to Floros’ re-arrest and being sent back to jail.
No motive was reported for why doctors would want to help Floros although a physician whose signature was on one of the certificates claimed it had been forged and denied any involvement in the case.
The prosecutor is looking into involvement of doctors at the state hospital, said Kathimerini.
The head of Evangelismos hospital Panagiota Goulaki-Mitsaki stated that the doctor who ruled on Floros’ alleged health problems was not listed in the national health system (ESY) throughout her tenure at the hospital and no authority to sign the certificate, the report said.
The same report claimed that the certificate lacked the signature of the responsible Laboratory of Sleep Study or the Professor of Intensive Care Clinic but there was no explanation why Floros was let out if the certificate was incomplete.
A number of celebrity prisoners in Greece have been released after claiming health problems, including former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who said he had heart problems but was spotted swimming at a beach.