Stathis Panagiotopoulos, a renowned former TV presenter, has been found culpable of a felony charge by the Thessaloniki Court of Appeals for Misdemeanors. As a result, he was sentenced to five years in prison with suspension, pending the conclusion of his appeal which carries a suspensive effect. This judgment comes in light of the internet publication of his former partner's private moments, an act he repeatedly committed.
The Road to Conviction
The case which thrust Panagiotopoulos into the limelight was initially treated as a misdemeanor. However, the prosecution argued for an upgrade to a felony charge, resulting in the recent conviction at the Thessaloniki Court of Appeals. Prior to this, in February, Panagiotopoulos received a sentence of five years imprisonment with a three-year suspension and was ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 euros.
In addition to the prison sentence, Panagiotopoulos also faces several restrictive conditions. These include a travel ban, mandatory check-ins at a local police station, and a bail requirement of 10,000 euros. His trial was held privately, in response to a request for a closed-door trial without a public audience.
Additional Legal Battles
Apart from this, Panagiotopoulos has two other similar felony charges looming over him. As such, the former TV presenter is set to face a series of legal battles in the near future, the outcomes of which will significantly impact his personal and professional life.