Prose­cu­tors lash out at crit­i­cism

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Ju­di­cial of­fi­cials have lashed out at fresh crit­i­cism from gov­ern­ment ranks as ten­sion be­tween the two has been pal­pa­ble for about a year now over nu­mer­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a cash-for-con­tracts scan­dal and on­go­ing tax eva­sion crack­downs.

The Union of Greek Prose­cu­tors yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment say­ing that “at­tacks against the jus­tice sys­tem and its ser­vants, are a di­rect at­tack against democ­racy it­self.”

The state­ment came af­ter Al­ter­nate Health Min­is­ter Pav­los Po­lakis crit­i­cized a de­ci­sion by the Coun­cil of State rul­ing that au­dits for sus­pected tax eva­sion cases that are more than five years old vi­o­late the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The union, the state­ment says, “calls on any­one who knows of spe­cific ac­tions by ju­di­cial of­fi­cials that are in vi­o­la­tion of their duty to re­port them to the jus­tice sys­tem’s in­sti­tu­tional bod­ies.”

Ear­lier this year, Al­ter­nate Jus­tice Min­is­ter Dim­itris Pa­pan­gelopou­los had ac­cused the jus­tice sys­tem of de­lays in in­ves­ti­gat­ing for­mer de­fense min­is­ter Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou over an al­leged cash-for-con­tracts scan­dal.

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