The Nottingham Wooded area proprietor Evangelos Marinakis has been charged with drug trafficking in a heroin smuggling case that has surprised Greece.
Past due on Friday, the Greek public prosecutor Eirini Tziva accused the shipowner businessman of what had been described as “very critical fees” following a three-year investigation into the Noor 1, a tanker intercepted within the port of Piraeus sporting 2.1 tonnes of heroin in 2014.
Marinakis, 50, was once additionally charged with financing an unlawful operation. 3 of his shut mates had been named with him at the rate sheet.
The judicial inquiry had adopted the cash, specializing in financial institution transfers that had raised suspicion. Court docket assets had been quoted as announcing that a number of cash transfers were related to the impounded vessel and most certainly used to finance it.
Marinakis, who owns the Greek champions Olympiakos, was once now not to be had for remark. The soccer membership’s site didn’t point out the fees, broadly derided as a set-up by way of enthusiasts.
This isn’t the businessman’s first brush with the legislation. In 2015 he was once acquitted of complicity in a match-fixing community whose internet prolonged throughout seven international locations. If so fees had been introduced after Uefa detected a trend of abnormal making a bet patterns within the international locations. The rich person, who purchased Nottingham Wooded area 10 months in the past in a £50 million takeover, attributed the ones fees to “jealous” critics bent on blighting his Greek crew’s profitable streak. “After all I will not prevent our fighters speaking or bad-mouthing,” he stated.