Ex-PM blamed in Vato­pedi case

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The wife of for­mer New Democ­racy min­is­ter Gior­gos Voul­gar­akis, Ka­te­rina Peleki, who worked as a no­tary in the prop­erty ex­change scan­dal in­volv­ing the Vato­pedi Monastery, yes­ter­day told a mag­is­trate that ex-Prime Min­is­ter Costas Kara­man­lis was to blame for the af­fair as­sum­ing such large pro­por­tions.

The pre­vi­ous ND gov­ern­ment was dam­aged by claims that it ap­proved the trans­fer of valu­able state prop­erty to the monastery in ex­change for real es­tate of a much lower value. The cost of this deal to tax­pay­ers has never been ac­cu­rately as­sessed.

In Oc­to­ber 2010, Kara­man­lis wrote to the pros­e­cu­tor prob­ing the af­fair to de­fend his gov­ern­ment. He ar­gued the land swap process had been ini­ti­ated by the pre­vi­ous PASOK gov­ern­ment and that ND did not do any­thing il­le­gal. Peleki ar­gued that this state­ment came too late.

“If the ex-premier had adopted this po­si­tion when the case first came to light in 2008, there would be no Vato­pedi scan­dal to­day.” Peleki de­nies any wrong­do­ing in the draw­ing up of the con­tracts for the prop­erty swap.

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