Pap­pas scorns crit­i­cism over 2013 Venezuela visit

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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.”

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