Prosecutor urges war on graft

Echoing similar complaints by President Costis Stephanopoulos and Archbishop Christodoulos, a senior judge yesterday lashed out against corruption in the public sector, urging a «crusade» against graft. «The terms ‘trade-off’ and ‘corruption’ often pale in comparison to reality,» Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Kroustallakis told an annual congress of prosecutors in Athens. «We have reached the point where such behavior is considered completely natural and understandable. In order to be served by the so-called civil service, citizens must, not infrequently, submit to demands or proposals that are anything but legitimate. Bribes are considered to be fully necessary, as without these Greeks have to face the incredible hassle engendered by the proverbial Greek bureaucracy.» Kroustallakis called for his colleagues to join in «a crusade against corruption, a merciless fight against law-breaking.» In August, the Transparency International group placed Greece at the bottom of the EU list of how corrupt a country is perceived to be.

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