In­de­pen­dent Greeks claim bribe at­tempt

Law­maker tells pros­e­cu­tor man with al­leged ND links of­fered her up to 3 mln

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In­de­pen­dent Greeks MP Stavroula Xouli­dou told a Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day that some­one claim­ing to be a New Democ­racy mem­ber ap­proached her via Face­book and of­fered her up to 3 mil­lion euros to vote for the gov­ern­ment’s choice of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

Xouli­dou claimed that a man called Gior­gos Souk­ouris ap­proached her in March for the first time and that in Septem­ber he started sug­gest­ing that New Democ­racy would be will­ing to pay for her vote. He also made ref­er­ence to fel­low In­de­pen­dent Greeks MP Panayi­o­tis Me­las, sug­gest­ing that he had been bribed. Me­las re­cently re­fused to back the party line, which is to op­pose any pres­i­den­tial can­di­date put for­ward by the gov­ern­ment.

Xouli­dou said that she did not go to au­thor­i­ties straight away as she feared that they would no­tify the gov­ern­ment and that the mat­ter would be cov­ered up. The MP al­legedly made two at­tempts to lure Souk­ouris to her of­fice to se­cretly record him but he in­sisted on meet­ing in pub­lic. Souk­ouris al­legedly claimed to be close to New Democ­racy’s par­lia­men­tary spokesman Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis and Deputy De- vel­op­ment Min­is­ter No­tis Mi­tarakis.

New Democ­racy de­nies that Souk­ouris is a mem­ber of the party, while Ge­or­giadis and Mi­tarakis said that they do not know him. Both said they might take le­gal ac­tion.

Me­las also ap­peared be­fore the pros­e­cu­tor to deny the claims that he had been bribed. He told jour­nal­ists af­ter­ward that the al­le­ga­tions were “dis­gust­ing and dirty.”

A Red Cross worker car­ries a child from the Baris cargo ship, an­chored just off the coast of Ier­ape­tra, Crete, yes­ter­day. All of the 591 un­reg­is­tered mi­grants (in­clud­ing 150 women and 80 chil­dren) from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq had been shut­tled to the port by af­ter­noon after a med­i­cal check, au­thor­i­ties said. Po­lice ar­rested 21 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two sus­pected peo­ple smug­glers. The pas­sen­gers are be­ing tem­po­rar­ily housed at a lo­cal bas­ket­ball sta­dium. The Kiri­b­at­i­flagged freighter was towed to Ier­ape­tra after suf­fer­ing en­gine fail­ure in in­ter­na­tional wa­ters on Tues­day.

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