NEWS

‘Illegal’ hirings to be probed

Three prosecutors have been appointed to investigate allegations regarding the illegal recruitment of dozens of people to state bodies under the previous conservative government. The probes were ordered on the basis of data gathered by inspectors from the Interior Ministry’s public administration department. The alleged hirings relate to three organizations: Agrotima, which promotes agritourism, Ktimatologio, the body overseeing the creation of a national land register, and another organization that promotes external trade. According to the inspectors’ findings, 139 illegal hirings were allegedly made for Ktimatologio alone, 39 of those in the countdown to general elections last September. Over the past few days, several conservative New Democracy and PASOK deputies have traded barbs on television, accusing each other of appointing spouses, relatives and acquaintances to central and local government positions.