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Laliotis claims anti-ND ‘proof’

Clutching what he insisted was specific evidence, PASOK General Secretary Costas Laliotis yesterday paid a long visit to a prosecutor investigating his graft allegations concerning conservative former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis. These documents prove beyond doubt the connection between New Democracy, when Mr Mitsotakis led the party between 1989-1993, with the Liberian company Mayo Investments Corporation accounts in the Bank of Scotland, through which undeclared, black funds were channeled, Laliotis told journalists. Laliotis, who until last month’s reshuffle held the pivotal post of public works minister, apparently claims that Mitsotakis siphoned off party donations into his own pocket. The former minister, who keeps a long-standing feud running with the Mitsotakis family, also hints at wrongdoing during the signing, by the Mitsotakis government, of the contract (later revised by PASOK) to build the new airport at Spata. These allegations, revived last month after a seven-year lull – at a time when Laliotis was under fierce scrutiny over stumbles in projects undertaken during his long tenure of the public works ministry – prompted Mitsotakis to retaliate on October 23 with a one-billion-drachma compensation suit against the Laliotis’s defamatory and in many ways paranoid claims. Yesterday, Laliotis said he too would sue Mitsotakis for he repeatedly insulted and defamed me.