OPINION

Early elections?

It is highly questionable whether the judicial system can remain unaffected should the prosecution of business mogul Socrates Kokkalis become the subject of a bitter political confrontation, and potentially spark unexpected developments, such as early elections. The aforementioned question is not coincidental nor theoretical. Already, certain non-party-affiliated agents are predicting that because of its importance, Kokkalis’s prosecution will bring early elections. Various deputies from different parties are holding to the same view. But who would gain from instigating early elections? Those who talk about the prospect of early elections being triggered by the Kokkalis case, do not foresee, but rather anticipate, such development. They obviously think that if there are political prosecutors, then there will also certainly be political defenders. They believe that if the prosecution takes on a confrontational and political character, this will help in decriminalizing the issue at hand. Furthermore, if the sharp confrontation, including an exchange of accusations or surprising revelations of political and business entanglements, leads to premature elections, it is almost certain that the real winner will not be decided in the ballot box. The victor will be the forces that seek to debase and weaken our political system, being driven by and aiming for the absolute domination of their own illicit interests.