Wednesday May 27, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Up to 60 politicians scrutinized as part of SDOE's graft investigation

Up to 60 politicians are being investigated by SDOE, Greece’s financial crimes squad, for suspected tax evasion and other financial crimes, Kathimerini understands.

The figure is nearly double earlier estimates that put the number of officials under scrutiny between 32 and 36. SDOE has so far refused to confirm that the names which appeared last week in the local media are, in fact, on the list.

According to sources, the actual list includes the names of three government officials, as well as of a number of former ministers and MPs. The biggest majority of them, some 29 politicians, served in the Attica district, according to the same sources. Eight are politicians elected in Thessaloniki.

The list is now in the hands of Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Nikolaos Pantelis. Pantelis is to begin examining the list tomorrow and will ask SDOE to conduct a further investigation if necessary.

The corruption scandal took a nasty turn last week with the suicide of a former deputy interior minister, Leonidas Tzanis, whose name was reportedly on the list. Tzanis, a PASOK socialist, hanged himself in his house in Volos, central Greece.

His suicide sent shock waves through PASOK, which has already been rattled by the existence of another list of possible tax offenders, dubbed by the media as the “Lagarde list.” PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos has come under fire, also from within his increasingly fragile party, over his handling of an electronic file given to Athens in 2010 by then-French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde of about 2,000 Greeks with large deposits in a Geneva branch of HSBC.

Former Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis left PASOK on Wednesday over the party chief’s handling of the issue, while another party heavyweight, Andreas Loverdos, appears to have distanced himself from Venizelos, a former ally. Developments in the party could destabilize Greece’s governing coalition, of which PASOK is a member.

Meanwhile, financial crimes prosecutors Grigoris Peponis and Spyros Mouzakitis on Friday ruled that there are no legal obstacles stopping authorities from making use of the list. Other European governments have in the past utilized similar information.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday October 6, 2012 (17:37)  
Man charged for posting racist comments online
FYROM PM blames Greece for name impasse
Kareli trial postponed
Target of Greek scorn shapes nation’s fate as IMF’s storm-chaser
The G-7´s problem: Can the world deal with a Greek default?
When the world’s top finance ministers and central-bank chiefs meet in Dresden this week, they may struggle to stick to an agenda set by their German hosts that doesn’t mention Greece. The G...
Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
No surprises are expected in Wednesday’s meeting of the European Central Bank’s executive council on the Greek credit sector, as Frankfurt examines the liquidity conditions of domestic lende...
Inside Business
SOCCER
AEK Athens returns to top league after financial collapse
Greek club AEK Athens has just returned to the country's top soccer league, two years after financial collapse sent it to a lower league. One of the country's largest clubs, AEK sealed its s...
SOCCER
Berg brace gives Panathinaikos four-point lead
Panathinaikos beat Atromitos on Sunday and took advantage of the goalless draw between PAOK and Asteras Tripolis to open a four-point gap from PAOK at the top of the Super League play-off mi...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Romantic notions meet reality
Before the elections, there was a considerable number of people who totally disagreed with the ideas and program put forward by SYRIZA, but they expected that the leftist party would, at lea...
EDITORIAL
Solving the Gordian Knot
The leftist-led government, as well as the country, have both been seriously damaged and exposed to risk from the evident indecision and repeated contradictions dogging the ongoing negotiati...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Man charged for posting racist comments online
2. The G-7´s problem: Can the world deal with a Greek default?
3. FYROM PM blames Greece for name impasse
4. Kareli trial postponed
5. Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
6. Target of Greek scorn shapes nation’s fate as IMF’s storm-chaser
more news
Today
This Week
1. Target of Greek scorn shapes nation’s fate as IMF’s storm-chaser
2. Romantic notions meet reality
3. Some 300 mln left banks on Tuesday
4. Solving the Gordian Knot
5. The G-7's problem: Can the world deal with a Greek default?
6. FYROM PM blames Greece for name impasse
Today
This Week
1. Conspiracy madness
2. National self-awareness put to the test
3. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
4. Hotel contracts with a ‘Greek default clause’
5. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greece’s problems
6. Merkel said to plan address for Greece if deal reached
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.