SYRIZA’s Makri takes legal action against Stournaras for Grexit threat

Outspoken SYRIZA MP Rachil Makri on Thursday took legal action against Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras, accusing the banking chief of “possible malice” as regards his monetary policy report on Wednesday, which warned of a likely Greek exit from the eurozone in the event that the government fails to reach a deal with the country’s creditors.

Makri, who lodged her legal suit with Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani, blamed the spike in withdrawals from Greek banks on Stournaras’s statements and suggested that he should resign.

She noted that previous central bank governors had expressed concerns to political party leaders in the past but in private, noting that Stournaras’s public warning came at a “critical point in the negotiations” between Greece and its lenders.