Judge wants to merge probes into Karamanlis ‘assassination plot’ and wiretaps

A magistrate who since last year has been investigating allegations that there was a plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Tuesday asked for his probe to be merged with one into an extensive network of wiretaps that was uncovered in 2005.

At the time, Karamanlis and a number of top government officials were revealed to have had their phones tapped by unidentified eavesdroppers.

Magistrate Dimitris Foukas believes he has found evidence, including information gathered during questioning, indicating that the wiretaps continued after 2005 and were linked to an alleged plot in 2008 to kill Karamanlis.

The request for the two probes to be merged will be examined by the Council of Appeals Court Judges in Athens.