Koutza­mani: In­de­pen­dence of jus­tice un­der at­tack

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Out­go­ing Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Efterpi Koutza­mani said on her last day on the job yes­ter­day that there had been con­certed ef­forts to dam­age the coun­try’s jus­tice sys­tem. “There have been at­tempts re­cently to un­der­mine the in­de­pen­dence and pres­tige of the jus­tice sys­tem,” she said in a writ­ten state­ment, and called on ju­di­ciary of­fi­cials to take ac­tion to pro­tect it. In March, Koutza­mani was ac­cused by De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos of cov­er­ing up large-scale in­ves­ti­ga­tions into kick­backs. Mean­while a pros­e­cu­tor said yes­ter­day that there was no ev­i­dence to back claims that judges and ju­di­cial of­fi­cials had been in­flu­enced in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of An­dreas Vgenopou­los for his part in the col­lapse of Cypriot lender Laiki Bank in 2013.

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