Ex-pros­e­cu­tor re­buked over claims of gov’t in­ter­fer­ence

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Claims by for­mer fi­nan­cial pros­e­cu­tor Spyros Mouza­ki­tis, who had han­dled a probe into the so-called La­garde list of wealthy Greeks, that his work was ob­structed by the gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day prompted the in­ter­ven­tion of a Jus­tice Min­istry of­fi­cial.

In an in­ter­view with Proto Thema news­pa­per, 15 months after he and part­ner Grig­oris Pe­po­nis were re­placed by new pros­e­cu­tors, Mouza­ki­tis said he worked un­der the con­stant threat of dis­ci­plinary ac­tion dur­ing the probe.

Com­ment­ing, Jus­tice Min­istry gen­eral sec­re­tary Gior­gos Sourlas said he had asked Min­is­ter Haris Athana­siou if pros­e­cu­tors should have the right to prac­tice law when they re­sign, par­tic­u­larly if they are de­fend­ing “eco­nomic crimes against the state.” As Mouza­ki­tis has un­der­taken the de­fense of for­mer Golden Dawn deputy Stathis Boukouras and exAspis in­surance firm chief Pav­los Pso­mi­adis, cur­rently in prison for fraud, Sourlas’s com­ment ap­pears to have been tar­geted.

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