Thursday, February 22, 2018

Greek parliament backs Novartis probe

by Kerin Hope

Financial Times

February 22, 2018

Greece’s parliament has voted to investigate allegations that 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, the country’s EU commissioner and the governor of the central bank, accepted bribes from the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Those accused strongly denied wrongdoing in formal speeches during a heated debate that lasted more than 20 hours.

Several argued they had been targeted as political enemies of the ruling leftwing Syriza party, which brought the case to parliament.

Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister, said the vote marked a “break with the past system of arrogance, greed and no transparency.”

A special parliamentary committee will carry out the probe.


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