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George Papaconstantinou - outside PASOK

29 December 2012 / 16:12:03  GRReporter
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Yiannis Ragousis responded immediately to Leonidas Grigorakos's statements by saying that this was a slander. He called Grigorakos "the closest collaborator" of Akis Tsohatzopoulos and Evangelos Venizelos and defined his claims as ridiculous and nonsense. Ragousis noted that the first time he and the majority of the council of ministers at that time were informed about the existence of the list was when Venizelos admitted that, in August 2011, he had decided without informing anyone, that he could not use it. Yiannis Ragousis warned that he would approach justice, if Grigorakos repeated his claims.

According to New Democracy, the fact, confirmed by the investigation, that the two lists are different, raises serious questions which need immediate and convincing answers, especially when bearing in mind that the hidden names were relatives of the politician who received the list. The party stressed that those who changed the contents of the list bear a heavy responsibility, and that the truth must come out.

SYRIZA will explore all legal options to prosecute those involved. According to the party, changing the first Lagarde list leads to a huge political responsibility for the people who changed, hid and tried to depreciate it. The party said that these events clearly proved the corruption and controlled lawlessness of the party system of past decades served by PASOK and New Democracy. These two parties tried, in vain, to hide the political umbrella they have opened above people trying to bury the information from the list.

The Democratic Left insisted on publication of the full list, and stressed that the state should get what belongs to it, as well as the fact that those involved must immediately be held liable, both criminally and politically.

The proposal of Independent Greeks for the establishment of an inquiry commission on the list in order to punish those who illegally intervened in the case, was echoed by MP Notis Marias. In parallel, he required that the parties be given a copy of the list and transactions on these accounts, because, according to him, there is evidence that attempts to interfere lead to concealment of people who have acted illegally and are associated with political money. He recalled that Papaconstantinou's nomination for Minister in the government of Papadimou was supported by New Democracy and PASOK. In his Twitter account, Chairman of Independent Greeks Panos Kamenos said that Parliament refused to provide the requested information from the new list to the parties and thus concealment continues. He recalled to attention the fact that the first list was handed to Papaconstantinou by the French authorities, and he gave it to his deputy and current Chairman of PASOK, Evangelos Venizelos. In turn, he gave the list to the government in October.

The Communist Party said that the names and information from both lists should be published immediately, so that the people make sure what this is about. A thorough investigation and punishment of those involved is also called for.

On 21 December, after a question by SYRIZA MEP Nikos Houndis, EU Finance Commissioner Olli Rehn said that the Greek authorities should decide how to use the list according to Greek legislation. According to him, the European Commission has no right to make such a decision. Houndis asked Olli Rehn whether the Greek authorities may investigate this list, which was actually stolen. In addition, he insisted that the Commission inform him what data it had for the investigation of 1,700 people with abundant personal property. Rehn's answer made it clear that 871 of these 1,700 people were inspected. In 2011, 404 people were checked and 35.1 million euro were raised, and in the first 10 months of 2012, 467 people were inspected and 34.4 million euro were raised.

Tags: Lagarde list George Papaconstantinou Evangelos Venizelos PASOK
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