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Suicide probe to finish in 10 days

An investigation into the alleged suicide of Costas Tsalikidis is expected to be completed within the month, sources said yesterday, as the government vowed to shed light on the phone-tapping case. Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras said that all available information on the phone-tapping incident has already been made public as he responded to criticism over the government’s handling of the affair. «We have the belief that the main investigation will offer the information needed to shed light on those involved and place the blame on the right people,» Papaligouras told Parliament. «I cannot predict the course or the outcome of the investigation,» he added. The minister was responding to claims from opposition parties that the government has known all along who the culprits are but is covering up for them. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis stepped in on the issue earlier this week by announcing broad measures he wants to introduce to protect phone privacy. The Greek press has been having a field day in the last few weeks speculating who is behind the eavesdropping. The Defense Ministry yesterday denied a press report that their phones had been tapped during Greece’s largest annual military exercise in September 2005. Meanwhile, sources told Kathimerini that the investigation into the conditions surrounding Tsalkidis’s alleged suicide will be completed in 10 days.