Sunday 20 December 2009

PASOK takes first steps for serious anti-corruption investigations

I am happy to give credit to PASOK where credit is due. Last Thursday, 128 PASOK MPs tabled a request to Parliament to establish four investigative committees:

• For the manipulation of share prices on the Athens Stock Exchange for the period 1999-2008
• For the Siemens bribery scandal
• For the structured bond scandal
• For the Vatopedi land exchange scandal.

Kathimerini reports that the Siemens file is re-opening and investigation re-starting after the Supreme Court found the information was missing and the case was badly handled.

The Hellenic Parliament has also recently publicised its report on the Vatopedi land exchange scandal on its website. I’m going through the file this week.

I was also pleased by the resignation of Deputy Minister Dinos Rouvlias last week.

These are all steps in the right direction. I sincerely hope that the motion to re-open these cases is approved by the Parliament, and criminal and civil responsibilities allocated. Better times ahead? Or just another smokescreen?

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