Simi­tis rapped over Siemens

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Jus­tice Min­is­terHaris Kas­tani­dis yes­ter­day lev­eled sting­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against Costas Simi­tis dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary de­bate on the Siemens cash-for-con­tracts scan­dal, ac­cus­ing the for­mer premier of stalling and even­tu­ally quash­ing leg­is­la­tion de­signed to es­tab­lish po­lit­i­cal con­trol over the way pub­lic con­tracts are awarded.

Re­veal­ing cor­re­spon­dence be­tween Simi­tis and him­self in 1996 and 1997, when he had been trans­port min­is­ter un­der Simi­tis, Kas­tani­dis claimed that the for­mer premier had at first pre­vented him from sub­mit­ting in Par­lia­ment draft leg­is­la­tion fore­see­ing the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent au­thor­ity for pub­lic pro­cure­ments and that he had then scrapped the pro­posal out­right as un­nec­es­sary, even though it had been among PASOK’s pre-elec­tion pledges.

Kas­tani­dis also said that Simi­tis had failed to re­spond to re­peated let­ters from him ask­ing for such a sys­tem to be set up, un­til the min­is­ter fi­nally re­signed in Au­gust 1997.

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