Judge set to come under more fire

The government and the judiciary are bracing themselves for further attempts to link the country’s top judge, Supreme Court President Romylos Kedikoglou, to corrupt practices in what senior officials believe is a concerted campaign to target the outgoing judge. The ruling conservatives backed Kedikoglou earlier this week when PASOK MPs raised questions about how the judge’s son, Phaedon, built up his fortune. The deputies demanded information about the junior Kedikoglou’s assets and stock market investments. Kedikoglou strenuously denied any wrongdoing and sent the relevant data to the Justice Ministry. However, it is believed that more accusations will be leveled against the Supreme Court president in the coming days. A senior government official told Kathimerini that opposition parties are trying to stir up a negative climate in the wake of the bonds scandal. It was also claimed that disgruntled lawyers could be helping to provide information that raises questions about Judge Kedikoglou’s trustworthiness. Kedikoglou was appointed to the head of the Supreme Court in July 2005, as the government overhauled Greece’s senior judiciary in a bid to combat corruption. Government sources described as «laughable» attempts to cast doubt over Kedikoglou’s record as New Democracy looks set to stand by the judge, even though he is to retire in a few weeks.