The revelation to a parliamentary committee, by the head of the country’s anti money-laundering agency, that an unidentified MP removed one million euros in savings out of the country fueled a political storm on Wednesday.
According the agency head, Panagiotis Nikoloudis, the lawmaker removed the cash from the country in May even as authorities were appealing to Greek citizens not to panic and empty their bank accounts. The MP is said to have transferred the money abroad legally but a moral question remained, Nikoloudis said.
The topic prompted heated debate in Parliament with several legislators insisting that the MP step up and admit to his or her action, noting that it was unfair for all legislators to be tarred with the same brush. Justice Minister Miltiades Papaioannou was among those who called on the MP to speak out. Prominent PASOK official Chistos Protopappas condemned the move by the unidentified MP as “unacceptable, showing a lack of responsibility and patriotism” at a difficult time for the Greek government and people.