Alleged usury gang boss denies footage claims

Thessaloniki businessman Markos Karaberis, alleged to be the leader of one of the criminal gangs recently broken up by police, issued a statement through his lawyer on Friday saying that he does not possess any video footage showing him in exchanges with politicians.

Someone close to Karaberis had suggested to a newspaper that such a video existed and that if made public it would ?blow Parliament sky-high.?

But Karaberis claimed in his statement that he did not have such meetings and does not possess such footage.

Karaberis was one of 53 people arrested as part of a police operation to smash the four usury and extortion gangs.

He denies being involved in any criminal activity.