MPs vote to broaden probe of former justice minister

MPs vote to broaden probe of former justice minister

MPs voted on Wednesday to expand the scope of an investigation into Dimitris Papangelopoulos, a minister in the former leftist SYRIZA administration, over his alleged meddling in a judicial investigation into bribery claims linked to Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis.

A total of 175 members of the 300-seat House backed a proposal by 30 ruling New Democracy MPs for the probe to determine whether former alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos should face a range of charges including abuse of power, blackmail and membership of a criminal organization.

The motion passed with votes from ND and the center-left Movement for Change.

One incident – when the ND MP Stavros Kalogiannis cast his ballot without first putting it in an envelope – prompted calls by SYRIZA for the ballot to be annulled. But House Speaker Kostas Tasoulas rejected the demand, noting that the secret nature of the vote had not been compromised.

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