Politi­cians’ as­sets un­der scrutiny

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Ju­di­cial authorities have be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing how serv­ing MPs ob­tained their per­sonal as­sets as part of an ef­fort to root out corruption in Greek pol­i­tics, Kathimerini has learned.

Sources said that Supreme Court deputy pros­e­cu­tor Panayi­o­tis Nikoloudis has be­gun por­ing over the dec­la­ra­tion of source of wealth (“pothen es­ches” in Greek) forms that MPs and party lead­ers sub­mit each year. The forms tend to be an over­view of each politi­cian’s as­sets, such as prop­erty, but give lit­tle in­di­ca­tion of how they ob­tained the money to pur­chase them.

Now, Nikoloudis has be­gun check­ing these records in a bid to gain more in­for­ma­tion about how the deputies amassed their as­sets. Sources said that the fi­nan­cial crimes squad (SDOE) is help­ing him. The gov­ern­ment is set to pass a law later this year that will fas­track the trial of any politi­cians sus­pected of corruption.

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