Thursday, April 19, 2018

Greek parliament ends probe into bribery allegations

by Kerin Hope

Financial Times

April 19, 2018

Greece's parliament has ended a probe into allegations that 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, the governor of the central bank and the country's current EU commissioner, accepted millions of euros in bribes from the Swiss drug producer Novartis.

An all-party parliamentary committee decided late Wednesday night that it was not competent to pursue the case.

The committee will hand back the case to a special prosecutor to investigate possible money-laundering by the 10 accused, a parliamentary spokesperson said. An anti-corruption prosecutor has already ordered bank accounts belonging to the politicians to be opened as part of the probe.

All those accused have denied wrongdoing, claiming they were targeted by the leftwing Syriza government in a drive to undermine the credibility of its political opponents.


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