Investigating magistrate faces disciplinary action over deficit discussion

The Supreme Court’s vice prosecutor Antonis Athinaios, who heads an inspections committee for judges, on Monday took disciplinary action against Eleni Pediaditi, the investigating magistrate who handled a probe into claims that the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) inflated Greece’s deficit to over 15 percent of gross domestic product in 2009, triggering the country’s appeal for a foreign bailout.

The head of the Athens Bar Association, Yiannis Adamopoulos, had lodged a complaint against Pediaditi in which he reiterated claims made by Zoe Georganta, an ex-employee of ELSTAT, namely that Pediaditi had sought a meeting outside the ELSTAT offices to discuss the deficit.