- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Greek man detained in South Carolina on charges that he violated pollution laws on a chemical tanker will not be allowed to travel to his home country as he awaits trial.

The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/2agc1y6 ) reports that Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant denied a motion to amend bond conditions for Panagiotis Koutoukakis on Tuesday.

Koutoukakis faces up to 25 years in prison after being accused in a conspiracy to falsify records and cover up illegal pollution discharges as the chief engineer of the Green Sky tanker.

Koutoukakis is free on an unsecured $25,000 bond but is not allowed to leave South Carolina because prosecutors say Greece has weak extradition laws.

Koutoukakis said in court documents that the government has put him and his family at financial risk by denying his return home.



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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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