AEK Athens owner Chrisostomos Psomiadis, who last week was jailed for 12 years for forgery, has been issued a temporary release by prison authoirties.

The Greek court of appeals accepted Psomiadis’s plea for a temporary suspension of his sentence because of poor health and also because of the financial problems caused by his detention. The court of appeals set a bail figure of €200,000.

Psomiadis was found guilty last month of forging documents accusing then government minister Kostas Laliotis of receiving payment from a German consortium bidding for the contract to build the new Athens airport. He was handed 12-year sentence.