Deputy justice minister queries meeting with prosecutor

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Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos appeared Thursday to distance himself from his superior, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, over the latter’s decision to call and meet with a prosecutor while she was overseeing a probe into businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos.

“I cannot envisage a situation in which a judge or prosecutor is handling a case and also visits a minister,” Papangelopoulos told Parliament’s Institutions and Transparency Committee. “I believe that not even a friendly discussion could take place.”

When pressed further by opposition MPs about his comments and Paraskevopoulos’s contact with appeals court prosecutor Georgia Tsatani, the alternate minister suggested that a meeting to discuss “abstract legal matters that have nothing to do with the case” would be acceptable.