Kam­menos to face com­mit­tee in Septem­ber

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De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos will ap­pear be­fore Par­lia­ment’s In­sti­tu­tions and Trans­parency Com­mit­tee in Septem­ber to an­swer MPs’ ques­tions about his con­ver­sa­tions with con­vict Makis Yian­nousakis, the owner of the Noor 1 cargo ship in­volved in a ma­jor heroin smug­gling op­er­a­tion in 2014.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties have been ask­ing for Kam­menos, who leads the ju­nior coali­tion part­ner In­de­pen­dent Greeks, to go be­fore the com­mit­tee since late June. How­ever, coali­tion MPs, who hold a ma­jor­ity on the panel, would not agree to this.

Fol­low­ing a stormy com­mit­tee ses­sion yes­ter­day, it was de­cided that the hear­ing will take place in Septem­ber, which is the long­est that it could be put off for. Ear­lier, SYRIZA MP Ta­sia Christodoulopoulou, who chairs the panel, had tried to post­pone Kam­menos’s ap­pear­ance in­def­i­nitely.

The min­is­ter ad­mits speak­ing to Yian­nousakis sev­eral times on the phone but says he did so be­cause he was in­formed that the con­vict had im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion to share about the case and feared that his life was in danger. Kam­menos in­sists that he sim­ply passed on this in­for­ma­tion to ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that the shipowner could share what he knew.

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