Prosecutor says probe into 2009 deficit should stop

Appeals prosecutor Antonis Liogas proposed Tuesday that judicial authorities drop the investigation into claims that the head of Greece’s statistics service (ELSTAT) Andreas Georgiou inflated the country’s public deficit figure for 2009.

Liogas said that the probe so far has not revealed any evidence suggesting that Georgiou and two other ELSTAT officials accused of wrongdoing massaged the figures. This is the second time that there has been a recommendation for the case to be dropped. The final decision will be taken by a council of appeals court judges.

The claims were first made in 2012 by ELSTAT employee Zoe Georganta but were rejected by Georgiou. The first investigation was dropped before appeals court judges voted to reopen the probe last year.

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