CORRUPTION

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NEWS

More political turmoil is expected in the already acrimonious probe into the judicial handling and possible political motives of the 2016 allegations that several top-flight politicians took bribes from Swiss drugmaker Novartis.


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NEWS

A new digital registry obliging Cyprus-based companies to declare their true owners puts the east Mediterranean island nation in line with European Union regulations against terror financing and organized crime, the country’s commerce and energy minister said on Tuesday.


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ECONOMY

The founder of disgraced Greek jeweller Folli Follie and his son, who are facing felony charges relating to the falsification of the company’s financial data were led to prison, after their depositions before an investigative magistrate on Wednesday.

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NEWS

The Justice Ministry is planning to merge the offices of Greece’s corruption prosecutors and financial prosecutors in a bid to upgrade the performance of both while the country’s top corruption prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki is to be removed from her post as she faces charges of abuse of power and dereliction of duty.

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NEWS

Police officers were involved in almost half of all corruption investigations in Greece in 2019, according to the annual report of the internal affairs department of the security forces (YEFSA), a mechanism set up last year to tackle crime and corruption within law enforcement as well as the wider public sector.


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NEWS

New Democracy and opposition SYRIZA exchanged barbs on Friday over the criminal prosecution of the country’s top corruption prosecutor, Eleni Touloupaki, for a series of serious alleged offenses related to her handling of the Novartis bribery probe.



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NEWS

Ruling New Democracy has proposed the prosecution of former leftist alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos on a series of charges including morally instigating criminal abuse of authority and attempted extortion, instigating breach of duty, accepting bribes and forming a criminal organization.

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NEWS

Former leftist alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos, who has been under investigation by a parliamentary committee for allegedly seeking to influence the course of a judicial probe into the Novartis bribery affair, appealed to a judicial council before the panel is due to make public its findings, it emerged on Monday.

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NEWS

A parliamentary committee that has been investigating whether the former leftist alternate justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos should be indicted for influencing the course of a judicial probe into the Novartis bribery affair is to make its findings public on July 15, reports said on Friday. 


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NEWS

The 11 defendants accused of illegally profiting from the purchase of Apache military helicopters from Boeing in 2003, including businessman Thomas Liakounakos and Defense Ministry executives, were unanimously acquitted on Friday by a three-member criminal court of appeals. 

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NEWS

Greece aims to seek financial compensation from Swiss drugmaker Novartis in connection with the bribery scandal concerning which the company settled out of court in the United States, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Friday. Meanwhile, Greek judicial officials expressed concern that most of the offenses found to have been committed by doctors have likely expired under the statute of limitations.

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OPINION

We are a strange country, working ourselves into a lather for a few weeks or even months over one scandal or another – real or assumed. For that time, the political system, the media and coffee-shop analysts dedicate all their energies to Siemens, then to Novartis and then to some organized crime racket caught on tape by the intelligence services.