Prosecutor gathers depositions in Independent Greeks ‘bribe’ probe

Comedian Lakis Lazopoulos is due to give evidence today as part of the investigation into claims by Independent Greeks that there was an attempt to bribe one of their MPs.

The lawmaker in question, Pavlos Haikalis, is alleged to have asked for Lazopoulos’s help in improving the quality of the recordings of the two meetings he had with the alleged middleman, Giorgos Apostolopoulos.

Haikalis and Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos appeared before the prosecutor on Sunday. Haikalis reportedly asked for privacy restrictions to be lifted so authorities could check Apostolopoulos’s phone records to see who had contacted him before a third meeting was due to take place between the two men. Independent Greeks believe the alleged middleman was tipped off that authorities would monitoring the meeting and failed to turn up.

Kammenos reportedly alleged that Apostolopoulos was also secretly recording the meetings with the aim of using the material to blackmail the party.

Apostolopoulos was questioned by the prosecutor on Saturday and claimed that he has footage which proves that the claims made by Independent Greeks are false.