Independent Greeks ask for PM’s adviser to step down

The Independent Greeks on Wednesday called for university professor Ioannis Karakostas to step down as one of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras?s advisers because he has in the past acted as legal counsel for Siemens Hellas, which was embroiled in a cash-for-contracts scandal.

The right-wing party suggested it was unethical for Karakostas to continue in his position as the premier?s consultant.

The lawyer said he resigned from his position at Siemens soon after Michalis Christoforakos took over as CEO. Christoforakos is accused of running the slush fund used to pay off politicians and public officials.