Bul­let sent to head of pen­sion re­port panel

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Po­lice yes­ter­day were ex­am­in­ing a let­ter con­tain­ing a sin­gle bul­let that was mailed to the vice pres­i­dent of Greece’s Court of Au­dit, Anna Ligome­nou, who is also the head of a com­mit­tee of ex­perts that com­piled a re­port with rec­om­men­da­tions for the gov­ern­ment on how to over­haul the Greek pen­sion sys­tem.

The let­ter was mailed to Ligome­nou’s of­fice in Am­be­lokipi, near cen­tral Athens, by an uniden­ti­fied sender. As well as the bul­let, the en­ve­lope con­tained an A4 piece of pa­per, bear­ing a red star, ac­cord­ing to sources who said the text re­ferred to Ligome­nou as a “butcher of the peo­ple’s right to a pen­sion.” An­other ex­tract said, “Now you will see what fear re­ally looks like.”

The en­ve­lope and its contents were be­ing ex­am­ined by foren­sic ex­perts for the pos­si­ble pres­ence of fin­ger­prints or DNA. Po­lice gave no in­di­ca­tion of pos­si­ble sus­pects but the let­ter is be­lieved to have been sent from Pi­raeus.

Other mem­bers of the so-called “com­mit­tee of wise men” which com­piled the pen­sions re­port for the gov­ern­ment claim to have re­ceived death threats from anony­mous call­ers. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have said they are not “bound” by the re­port, which pre­scribes ma­jor re­forms to the pen­sion sys­tem.

In re­cent years, bul­lets have been mailed to sev­eral pub­lic fig­ures, in­clud­ing Bank of Greece Gover­nor Yan­nis Stournaras.

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