Letter from Athens: Why isn’t Lavrentis Lavrentiadis in Jail?

Greek businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Nikos Palaiologos, file)

If Lavrentis Lavrentiadis didn’t exist, you’d have to invent him as a composite characterless creation of the embodiment of all the worst traits of the minority of modern Greeks who are the antithesis of those decent people who work and struggle and scrap to get by.

Arrogant, rich, greedy, above the law, he can slide off sandpaper at the same time he’s greasing palms to buy influence, including corrupting successive governments and avoiding trial on so many charges you’d need a …

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