Greek Police Arrest Three in Blackmail Attempt of Mayor

ATHENS — Greek police took into custody two men and a woman they said were trying to blackmail Pantelis Tsakiris, Mayor of Oreokastro in northern Greece to pay them 40,000 euros ($46,357) or they would release a compromising video of him.

Police said the 38-year-old mayor and his brother, 41, had filed a complaint and an operation was immediately organized, leading to the arrest of the ringleader when he arrived at a pre-arranged appointment to get paid, said Kathimerini.

An accomplice who was waiting nearby to receive the money, was also arrested, as was a 22-year-old woman, who had a cell phone containing the video although it wasn’t described what it contained.

In a Facebook post, Tsakiris said he was “shocked by the violent intrusion into my personal and family life.” “Very angry and disgusted with the methods used by some to achieve their goals. That’s enough. Justice is taking over now,” he wrote.


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