Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

0.0 (0)
1   0   0   0
Write Review
Greek lawmakers were voting early Thursday, following an 18-hour debate, on whether to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

The allegations follow a judicial investigation into bribes Swiss drugmaker Novartis allegedly paid to boost the sales and prices of its products in Greece.

The politicians named include current central bank governor and former finance minister Yannis Stournaras and Dimitris Avramopoulos, a European commissioner and former health minister.

Lawmakers were voting on whether to set up a committee to investigate each of the 10. Under Greek law, parliament must first investigate allegations against lawmakers before they can be stripped of immunity and prosecuted by judicial authorities.

With government and opposition parties all backing the investigation either in support of the probe or to clear the names of their colleagues the proposal looked certain to pass.

Officials in the government of left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have described the alleged bribery scandal as the worst in modern Greek history.

Mr. Tsipras promised that justice would be done.

“We will not cover up [the scandal],” he said during the marathon debate. “The Greek people must learn who turned pain and illness into a means of enrichment.”

All of the politicians implicated angrily denied the allegations, accusing the government of engineering a politically motivated campaign against them. Novartis says it is cooperating with Greek authorities.

“I’m not here to provide answers regarding this despicable libel but to denounce these ridiculous allegations,” conservative former prime minister Antonis Samaras said.

The claims against the politicians stem from testimonies made by protected, anonymous witnesses.

Speaking during the debate, central bank governor Stournaras said secret witness testimonies implicating himself and his wife, who runs a communications and consultancy company specializing in the health sector, were lies, and called for the parliamentary investigative committee to be set up to look into all allegations.

Allegations against the politicians include bribery, breach of duty, and possibly money laundering. But it was unclear what the scope of the investigation would be, given that the statute of limitations regarding politicians is linked to terms of government.

Former caretaker prime minister Panagiotis Pikramenos, his voice at times breaking as he addressed the lawmakers, noted he had only been in office for 35 days at a time of political and economic turmoil in Greece.

“And today, after six years, I find myself before you to face a baseless accusation,” he said, describing the accusations against him as “lies and unacceptable slander.”


Conservative New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused the government of “shamelessly and regularly interfering in the work of the judiciary” to undermine its political opponents.

“Who will invest in a country with such a toxic political environment?” he said during the debate late Wednesday.


User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account
Movie Reviews

Tamizh Padam 2 Tamil Movie Review, Rating -3.25/5

Jul 13, 2018 57
Bottom Line: Shiva and Amudhan deliver another laugh riot that is hilarious than the…

Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu Movie Review, Rating - 2/5

Jul 13, 2018 72
Bottom Line: This lion neither roars nor does it attack. Karthi yet again lets down by a…

RX100 2018 Telugu Movie Review, Rating -2/5

Jul 12, 2018 88
Bottom Line: Stylish making, raw violence and intense romance alone could not save this…
Restaurant Reviews

Top Argumentative Essay Structure Guide!

May 29, 2018 158
write paper for me
Since you may realize the full point of this article would be to establish your…

College Essay Writing Service - Is it a Scam?

May 30, 2018 146
college essay writing service
To day you'll be able to obtain information which will help using the content and level…

Rezension von naturwirtschaftlicher Artikel Online-Betrieb fr Gymnasiasten

Oct 14, 2017 98
Default Image
Suchen Sie erfahrenen wissenschaftliche Facharbeit Profi f
Latest Yellow Pages
Mar 06, 2018

Andhramess Allen

Andhra Mess– Is the most popular South Indian Restaurant situated in Allen, US. We have…
Dec 04, 2017

Best deals on International flights is an innovative online travel company that enables its customers to book…
Sep 05, 2017

Roy Photography

Experienced in Indian and South-Asian Weddings and event photo and video services. Speaks…
Aug 02, 2017

Pista House

Pista House is known for meeting the diverse needs of customers thanks to its use of best…
Latest Classifieds
Jun 19, 2018

Enjoy a Healthier Life with our Organic & Natural Food Range

MyHomeGrocers is leading online store that offers 100% natural & organic products at best…
Jun 15, 2018

Say No To Heavy Shopping Bags Shop all Your Grocery Needs Online

Say No To Heavy Shopping Bags Shop All Your Grocery Needs Online
Jun 12, 2018


Jun 04, 2018

DEVOPS Training Schedule (Weekend Batch).

DEVOPS Training Schedule (Weekend Batch). Training Type: Online Live Interactive Training…
Default Image
Feb 03, 2018

DevOps Online Training Live Demo Feb 05, 2018(Monday) @7.00am IST

DevOps Online Training Live Demo Feb 05, 2018(Monday) @7.00am IST For USA Students Feb…
Default Image
Jan 31, 2018

selenium Training - learntek

Learntek: Selenium Training Schedule. Course Title: Selenium Training. Training Type:…
Jan 25, 2018

SAP Simple Finance Training by SAP Certified Industry Experts

We provide services throughout USA, UK, Australia,UAE, Canada, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand,…
Jan 04, 2018

Tableau Training Institute in Noida

Tableau computing device is a business intelligence andinformation visualization tool…