OPINION

Justice now picking up the pace

The wheels of the justice system are finally starting to make some serious progress in its investigation of the Siemens bribery scandal, which involves the payment of kickbacks by the Greek branch of the Munich-based electronics giant to politicians and public officials in order to sway government procurement decisions in the company’s favor. However, this probe has taken a long time to happen. In other countries with similar cases, the preliminary investigations were immediately set in motion, those accused were remanded in custody and the trials have been under way for some time now. It is only natural, therefore, for the Greek public to be irked by the slow pace of the country’s judicial system. In any case, for a long time now people have come to believe that no Greek will ever be sent to prison for a case involving shady political dealings or bribery. All we can do now is hope that the case will continue to move along at a rapid pace and that the prosecutors will not be swayed from their task by the political affiliations of any guilty parties.