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Laliotis’s claims are thrown out

A top court official has rejected as unfounded allegations by PASOK Secretary-General – and former Public Works Minister – Costas Laliotis that a judicial investigation into the alleged misdeeds of a state company under his jurisdiction was politically motivated. Court sources said yesterday that a probe by Supreme Court prosecutor Dionysis Katsireas has found there is no evidence that (prosecutor Giorgios Gerakis) committed any disciplinary offense. Laliotis, who took the PASOK position in October after holding his ministerial portfolio for eight years, repeatedly accused Gerakis of working with opposition New Democracy. This was after the prosecutor filed corruption charges on September 28 against the entire board of the state firm handling the multi-billion-drachma, EU-funded project to compile a national land register. Brussels is now seeking the return of 19.5 billion drachmas in funds it gave for the troubled project.