Ex-min­is­ters deny us­ing EU funds for hol­i­day homes

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Two for­mer min­is­ter­shave de­fended them­selves against ac­cu­sa­tions that they il­le­gally claimed Euro­pean Union struc­tural funds to build hol­i­day homes.

Ex-Trans­port Min­is­ter Michalis Li­apis, who re­ceived a four-year sus­pended sen­tence last month for driv­ing with forged li­cense plates, was ac­cused of us­ing EU money to ren­o­vate a prop­erty in Evry­ta­nia, cen­tral Greece.

This al­le­ga­tion was re­jected by the Li­apis fam­ily. The ex-min­is­ter’s brother, Markos Li­apis, said that the prop­erty was orig­i­nally owned by the two men’s un­cle and aunt, who ap­plied 22 years ago for struc­tural funds to help con­vert their prop­erty into a guest house. He said that the prop­erty re­ceived visi­tors but the death of the brothers’ un­cle led to their aunt not be­ing able to sus­tain the busi­ness on her own. She even­tu­ally trans­ferred own­er­ship of the prop­erty to the for­mer min­is­ter.

Ex-Deputy Mer­chant Ma­rine Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos, who now leads the anti-bailout In­de­pen­dent Greeks party, was also ac­cused of build­ing a hol­i­day home on the is­land of Icaria with EU sub­si­dies. Speak­ing on Sun­day, Kam­menos ve­he­mently de­nied this and said that the prop­erty in ques­tion be­longed to his mother-in-law, who had claimed the funds to con­vert it into a 10-room guest house. He said that au­thor­i­ties had checked the prop­erty in 2010 and did not find any­thing amiss.

Kam­menos also threat­ened to sue Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis who made the al­le­ga­tions dur­ing a TV show.

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