Onassis In-Law Gets Sentence Break
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ The father of the teen-age heiress to the Aristotle Onassis shipping fortune got an 18-month sentence reduction Monday, court officials said.
Thierry Roussel was appealing a December 1998 conviction for slander, perjury and other charges brought against him by the four Greek trustees overseeing the shipping fortune of his 15-year-old daughter Athina.
Roussel was originally sentenced to five years but has served no time because of the appeal. He and the trustees have been feuding for years over management of the Onassis estate.
The court reduced his sentence on the grounds that Roussel did not have a criminal record. Under Greek law, Roussel can pay a fine of $19,700 instead of serving his sentence.
Athina Roussel, granddaughter of the late shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, will inherit an estimated $600 million on her 18th birthday. Athina’s mother, Christina Onassis, died in 1988. Athina lives in Switzerland with Roussel, his Swedish wife and the couple’s three children.
Roussel was not in court for the appeal. He had traveled to Greece for the hearing, but returned to Switzerland on Friday due to ill health, the court said.