Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
Artemis Sorras, the man who claims to have enough money to pay off Greece’s entire public debt and that of its citizens, has called on his supporters to protest outside Parliament if he is arrested following his conviction on Friday for embezzlement. In a 20-minute video published on YouTube, Sorras claimed that he would never give himself in to authorities and repeatedly called on his supporters to “keep your heads up.” He also claimed that Friday’s court verdict amounted to a judicial coup against him.
Sorras and his wife were convicted in absentia of stealing some 50,000 euros from a business associate. The case concerns a luxury car which the two bought and then sold three times with authorizations and without paying the money.
Sorras is the founder and leader of a nationalist political organization called Convention of Greeks, which has attracted thousands of fee-paying followers. His activities are being investigated.
The sentence passed on Sorras was not suspended which means the court ruling will be send to the police which will issue arrest warrants. According to the plaintiff and attorney Fotis Lepidas, Sorras and his wife were not present at the trial, but asked the court for a postponement. The court denied the request saying the case had already received three.
Sorras is also being investigated for crimes for various felony charges relating to his political grouping “Assembly of Greeks” (Ellinon Synelefsis).
Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis has told lawmakers in Athens few days ago that a prosecutor is currently investigating four misdemeanor case files compiled against self-proclaimed “trillionaire” Artemis Sorras, who claims to have enough money to pay off Greece’s entire public debt and that of its citizens.
Kontonis was responding to criticism that the authorities have delayed looking into the activities of the man who also created a nationalist political organization called Convention of Greeks, which has attracted thousands of fee-paying followers.
The minister added that the Supreme Court prosecutor’s office has overturned a decision by a lower court acquitting him of charges of disseminating false information.
EXPOSED HIM EARLY
Artemis Sorras along with Greek American doctor Emmanuel Lambrakis and few others in Greece and the United States have created in the beginning of 2012 an organization called END (End the National Debt). The organization claimed that through Artemis Sorras “personal wealth” they make available to the Greek government $600 billion to buy out Greece’s debt and $50 billion for the debt of Cyprus. The funds were supposed to be deposited in the Bank of Montreal. They claimed the funds were in CDRs (Custodian Deposit receipts) from IBOEs (international bills of exchange) based on US Treasury Bills (U.S. Treasury bonds) valued at the maturity at 650 billion U.S. dollars in their banking institution.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in a radio program of Astoria based station Hellas FM with Helen Gkiogka, Dr Lambrakis submitted to the announcer a ‘document’ to read, that stated this contention. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Lambrakis said, “throwing the glove” at Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras:
“If Mr. Stournaras is not willing to test the offer, we will take with us to Greece the director of the Bank of Montreal, along with Mr. Diamantopoulos (AKA Anthony Diamond of the “Diamond & Diamond”), before all Greek the media, to declare that a deposit of $600 billion has been made for Greece in Canada.
Greek News immediately asked the Bank of Montreal for confirmation. The Bank’s Press Officer Ralph Marranca, in a very laconic message evaporated the myth.
“These reports are not credible.”.
Members of END were trying to solicit money from wealthy Greek Americans, offering in return of some millions in cash shares of the “Bank of Orient”, another famous hoax in Greece. Following Greek News stories, END campaign died in the Greek American Community and many of Sorras’ followers, including Dr Lambrakis, left him. Dr Lambrakis was arrested last December, facing charges of giving illegally millions of ocycodone pills. He is free on bail pending trial.
Dr. Emmanuel Lambrakis has resigned his authorization to treat injured workers in the New York State workers’ compensation system effective December 22, 2016 and according to the medical board “he is is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers.”.