House to debate justice concerns

House to debate justice concerns

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis to set aside time next week so the House can debate issues relating to Greece’s justice system.

Wednesday’s request comes in the wake of allegations that Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos intervened in a prosecutor’s probe into businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos and the collapse of Laiki Bank in Cyprus.

The minister says he asked prosecutor Georgia Tsatani to hand back the case file because she did not have the right to take on the investigation in the first place.

PASOK, however, produced a letter sent by the minister to Parliament on January 14 when he suggested that Tsatani was legally entitled to pick up the case.

New Democracy insisted that the request for the debate does not annul its own appeal for Parliament’s Institutions and Transparency Committee to look into the prosecutor’s claims.

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