Ex-ELSTAT chief set to face new trial over 09 data

Ex-ELSTAT chief set to face new trial over 09 data

The former head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), Andreas Georgiou, is likely to face trial again despite being cleared last year of allegations that he inflated Greece’s 2009 deficit figures in order to justify the country being bailed out.

Georgiou’s retrial has been ordered by the Supreme Court following an appeal by prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou after the ex-statistics chief was only tried for breach of duty, a misdemeanor, and not for falsifying data, which is a felony.

Greece’s highest court deemed Dimitriou’s appeal was correct and that Georgiou, who resigned from his post at ELSTAT exactly a year ago, should appear before the Athens Appeals Court.

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