NEWS

Phone-tapping probe, part 2?

Supreme Court prosecutor Dimitris Linos said yesterday that an appeals court magistrate should undertake the investigation of the phone-tapping scandal involving senior government officials. In a letter to Antonis Plomaritis, who heads the Athens appeals court prosecutor’s office, Linos said the serious nature of the issue warrants a higher-level investigation. «The exceptional nature and seriousness of this case imposes the need for an investigation by an appeals magistrate,» he said. The phone-tapping issue has involved senior government ministers, including Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, who were responsible for the country’s security shortly before and after the hosting of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Earlier this week, Linos said the death of Vodafone software employee Costas Tsalikidis was related to the phone-tapping case but ruled out foul play.