Probe into re­port of ef­fort to bribe MPs finds no clues

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An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a press re­port that busi­ness­men were cre­at­ing a fund to be used to bribe MPs to support the gov­ern­ment’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in Fe­bru­ary has been shelved.

Pros­e­cu­tor Panayi­o­tis Panayiotopou­los de­liv­ered a re­port yes­ter­day after ques­tion­ing a num­ber of wit­nesses but, ac­cord­ing to sources, said that he found no ev­i­dence to back up the al­le­ga­tions made in a re­port pub­lished by Kon­tra News daily.

The news­pa­per’s ed­i­tor, Emil­ios Li­at­sos, was one of those ques­tioned by Panayiotopou­los but re­fused to re­veal his sources for the story. The probe was launched after SYRIZA spokesman Panos Sk­ourletis made ref­er­ence to the re­port dur­ing a po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion on a TV show.

Busi­ness­man An­dreas Marti­nos, gov­ern­ment spokes­woman Sofia Voul­tepsi and Sk­ourletis were among those the pros­e­cu­tor ques­tioned.

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