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Judges urge stricter laws on corruption

Warning that corruption is rampant in the public sector, senior judges yesterday proposed a series of measures to tackle the problem, as well as organized and financial crime. «Corruption in the public sector and crime, particularly in the form of financial and organized crime, have increased to a worrying degree and, if not addressed decisively and soon, the situation will deteriorate,» Supreme Court prosecutors said in a statement, following a meeting to discuss growing complaints regarding state corruption. Prosecutors proposed that stricter penalties be adopted for public sector graft, and called for new legislation to prevent the hearing of corruption cases from being postponed more than twice. Yesterday’s meeting followed comments last Sunday by Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Kroustallakis, who urged a «crusade» against graft.