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Some laws condone graft, local IT chief says

Greece has done little to implement anti-corruption legislation already in place, Costas Bakouris, who heads the Greek office of the international graft watchdog Transparency International (TI), has said.

“In some cases, the laws actually condone graft,” Bakouris said in an interview with Skai television on Thursday.

His comments came in the wake of a new IT study published Wednesday which found the country's judiciary, the media and the business world to be the most susceptible to corruption.

The study, which evaluated 13 institutions, found that the electoral system was among the most transparent while the Ombudsman emerged as the most reliable institution.

The report also urged Greek authorities to improve rules on disclosing the funding of political parties and to introduce laws that oblige private firms to be more transparent.

Greece was ranked 80th out of 183 countries in the group's 2011 corruption perceptions index, below countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Cuba. Bulgaria was the only nation to rank lower in the European Union and Western Europe section.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday March 1, 2012 (11:07)  
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