Prosecutor faces trial over affair

A judicial investigation has found that a former prosecutor who headed a bourse share manipulation probe should be charged for breach of duty and neglecting to tell her superiors she was having a relationship with a lawyer representing firms whose affairs she was scrutinizing. Sources said yesterday that in his report forwarded to Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Kroustallakis, appeals court prosecutor Giorgos Koliokostas recommended that former prosecutor Constantina Bourboulia should be formally charged for her conduct during the stock investigation. The report is understood to argue that Bourboulia should have asked to be relieved of the probe into the erratic behavior of 23 companies’ stocks during the frenzied 1999 stock market rally and subsequent crash, due to her relationship with the lawyer. Bourboulia has admitted to the affair, but denied that it affected her conduct of the probe. Koliokostas also recommended an investigation into whether Bourboulia had taken bribes, or had fallen victim to extortion.

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