MPs seek abduction answers

Opposition MPs said yesterday they would ask for a parliamentary committee to investigate allegations that Pakistanis were abducted by secret agents in Greece last year after appearing dissatisfied with the answer given by ministers. Deputies questioned Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras and Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras for five hours yesterday but did not come up with any new information regarding the alleged kidnappings. Polydoras repeated suggestions that the Pakistanis may have been abducted by fellow countrymen, saying that two cases of Pakistanis being kidnapped by people pretending to be police officers were reported on May 31 and June 2. The minister said he personally questioned members of the National Intelligence Agency (EYP) alleged to have been involved in last year’s interrogation and was satisfied that they did not play a role. He reiterated his intention to resign if this proved to be false. Papaligouras said that due to his position, he could not pre-empt the outcome of a judicial investigation.

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