Ex-premier stands ac­cused of mak­ing false pledges

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For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Papandreou is to go on trial on Jan­uary 19 for claim­ing in the 2009 pre-elec­tion pe­riod that Greece had enough money to fi­nance his cam­paign pledges. The for­mer PASOK leader is be­ing sued by a re­tired navy lieu­tenant, Panayi­o­tis Stama­tis, who is de­mand­ing 260,000 eu­ros in dam­ages from Papandreou for fail­ing to up­hold his pre-elec­tion prom­ises. Stama­tis has also filed a law­suit against Papandreou for al­leged trea­son and spread­ing false in­for­ma­tion. Papandreou had said at the 74th Thes­sa­loniki In­ter­na­tional Fair that “it’s not about where we find the money but where it goes. The money is there, as we have 31 bil­lion eu­ros in un­col­lected taxes.” Papandreou’s ca­reer took a spec­tac­u­lar plunge af­ter sign­ing Greece’ first in­ter­na­tional bailout in 2010, which ul­ti­mately led to his res­ig­na­tion the fol­low­ing year as prime min­is­ter.

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