MPs want new probe on kidnaps

Two weeks before Parliament is due to begin its reduced-attendance summer sessions, 71 opposition MPs sought to keep pressure on the government by demanding yesterday the establishment of a parliamentary committee to probe the alleged abduction of Pakistani migrants last year. The members of Parliament, 66 from PASOK and five from Synaspismos Left Coalition, said that the alleged kidnapping and questioning of the Pakistanis last July constituted a breach of fundamental human rights. In their proposal, the deputies argued that Greek secret agents may have been involved and that the government and the prime minister had tried to cover up the alleged incidents, putting Greece’s image at risk. The Communist Party lodged its own proposal, claiming the fight against terrorism had encouraged the breach of human rights. The proposals will be discussed during a plenary session of Parliament in the next two weeks but will need to be approved by the majority of MPs present for a committee to be formed.

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