Pappas scorns criticism over 2013 Venezuela visit
Minister of State Nikos Pappas yesterday dismissed criticism concerning a 2013 trip he made to Venezuela with a Cypriot lawyer specializing in offshore companies, saying that opposition New Democracy will not free itself of responsibility for the decades of corruption that have plagued Greece with “silly” assertions.
Pappas told Real FM radio the purpose of the trip was to discuss a possible visit by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras to the South American country and “to examine the possibility of purchasing products from state-run supermarkets.”
In a statement, the ministry said the insinuation that his visit to Venezuela in the company of the Cypriot lawyer was suspect, is so “ridiculous that it does not merit discussion.”
However, ND accused Pappas of ducking the question about his relationship with the lawyer, Artemis Artemiou, who was implicated in the Panama Papers, saying he must come clean “about their relationship.”