Thursday Jul 24, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Judges hit back at political criticism from president, minister

Tensions are simmering between the judiciary and the political establishment after the national union of judges and prosecutors lashed out at recent statements by senior officials, including President Karolos Papoulias, that questioned the rectitude of a series of judicial decisions on cases relating to corruption and domestic terrorism.

In a statement, the union dismissed as “unacceptable” recent comments by Papoulias, who expressed dissatisfaction at the acquittal in December of several suspects implicated in the Athens Stock Exchange scandal. The president had pressed for a more efficient crackdown on corruption, declaring that “heads must roll.” The judges’ union retorted that the ATHEX shares bubble was primarily a “serious political scandal” but that no politicians had taken any of the blame. It added that the role of judicial officials was to “dispense justice in a prudent and independent fashion and not to ensure that heads roll.”

The union also lashed out at recent comments by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias blaming the judiciary for the fact that convicted November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xeros has gone missing while on leave from Korydallos Prison.

“No one has the right to write off the difficult, painful and difficult task of judicial officials and to ignore the fact that it was them who interrogated, indicted, tried and convicted individuals involved in terrorist activities,” the union said, adding that “individual cases” should not eclipse the achievements of the judicial sector.

ekathimerini.com , Friday Jan 10, 2014 (19:50)  
Policeman saves bather in western Greece
Gov´t leaders try to ease tensions over evaluation
State doctors to appeal salary cuts
Coastal bill to be diluted
No property transactions for tax evaders
The Finance Ministry is blocking real estate transactions for owners who have not paid their property taxes in the last five years. Any transactions attempted without the ENFIA certificate, ...
IOBE warns crisis will return if reforms are not implemented
The Greek economy will expand by 0.7 percent this year but it risks slipping back into the mire of the recent crisis years unless the reforms are implemented, the Foundation for Economic and...
Inside Business
TRACK & FIELD
Athens, the Marathon capital of the world for good
Paco Borao, the man who restored Athens as the Marathon capital of the world with the establishment at the Olympic Sports Center of the headquarters of the International Association of Marat...
TRACK & FIELD
Pole vault record on same day as three doping cases
Greek track and field had a mixed weekend, as on the same day as Katerina Stefanidi matched the national record in pole vault as well as the leading result in Europe so far this season, thre...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Front-line threats
Ongoing developments in the country’s broader neighborhood are creating new challenges as well as threats in terms of the country’s interests. While the Middle East is turning into a big bla...
EDITORIAL
Testing behavior
No country is capable of functioning properly without having an elementary evaluation system in place to assess its public sector employees. In Greece, a country where the lowest common deno...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. No property transactions for tax evaders
2. IOBE warns crisis will return if reforms are not implemented
3. Aegean has expressed an interest in Cyprus Airways
4. ‘Stop tax dodging to lower taxes’
5. Index up but some banks take a beating
6. Policeman saves bather in western Greece
more news
Today
This Week
1. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
2. Front-line threats
3. EU praises Greece’s progress in departure from troika criticism
4. Testing behavior
5. Parts of Thessaloniki university campus sealed off as police investigate bomb threat
6. Police release new photos of fugitive Roupa
Today
This Week
1. The cost of excellence
2. Ex-Credit Suisse banker taps lesson for Greek rebound
3. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
4. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
5. Greek banks able to tap investors after stress tests, HFSF Says
6. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.