Gov’t, ju­di­ciary keep­ing up the war of words

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The war of words be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Greek judges con­tin­ued over the week­end with Al­ter­nate Jus­tice Min­is­ter Dim­itris Pa­pan­gelopou­los ac­cus­ing the ju­di­ciary of sys­tem­at­i­cally op­pos­ing the left­ist-led coali­tion.

In an in­ter­view with Efimerida ton Syn­tak­ton on Satur­day, Pa­pan­gelopou­los de­clared that, since left­ist SYRIZA came to power in Jan­uary 2015, there has not been “even one an­nounce­ment by a ju­di­cial union that does not op­pose, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, the demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment and which does not have an in­tensely union­ist or, even worse, sec­tional char­ac­ter.” Ac­cus­ing the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion of try­ing to ma­nip­u­late the ju­di­ciary to un­der­mine the gov­ern­ment, Pa­pan­gelopou­los claimed, “It is the first time that the ju­di­ciary is not ab­so­lutely con­troled by them.”

The dig by Pa­pan­gelopou­los came just a few days af­ter both he and Al­ter­nate Health Min­is­ter Pav­los Po­lakis ac­cused judges of turn­ing a blind eye to cor­rup­tion, no­tably as re­gards state of­fi­cials pock­et­ing kick­backs from de­fense pro­cure­ment deals un­der pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments.

Last week, the union rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try’s judges con­demned “im­proper, slan­der­ous and in­ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pres­sions” by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials about the Greek ju­di­ciary.

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