Top judge or­ders in­quiry into Siemens case de­lay

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A day af­ter the Siemens cash-for­con­tracts trial was in­def­i­nitely post­poned on a tech­ni­cal­ity, a top judge yes­ter­day or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble mis­takes made by ap­peals court prose­cu­tors in the case.

Supreme Court prose­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou, who yes­ter­day met with Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras, has asked deputy prose­cu­tor Anna Zairi to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the rea­sons be­hind the de­lay.

Mean­while Jus­tice Min­is­ter Nikos Paraskevopou­los is ex­pected to meet with Dim­itriou today to speed up trial pro­ceed­ings due to the ex­cep­tional na­ture of the case.

Re­peated de­lays have raised con­cerns that the of­fenses could ex­pire un­der the statute of lim­i­ta­tions. A meet­ing of se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials un­der Tsipras yes­ter­day was re­port­edly told that the case could dam­age the gov­ern­ment’s pur­ported “moral ad­van­tage.”

New Democ­racy said yes­ter­day that if the gov­ern­ment is look­ing for cul­prits be­hind the de­lay then “it needs to look in the mir­ror.”

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