Kam­menos row heats up

Coali­tion and op­po­si­tion ready to do bat­tle over de­fense min­is­ter’s ac­tions

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The coali­tion and op­po­si­tion par­ties are set for a head-on col­li­sion in Par­lia­ment to­mor­row, when MPs will de­bate and vote on whether to hold an in­quiry into De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos’s tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions with a con­vict in the Noor 1 drug smug­gling case.

It is ex­pected the gov­ern­ment will re­ject the op­po­si­tion’s call for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Kam­menos’s ac­tions. Par­lia­men­tary rules de­mand that a ma­jor­ity of at least 120 MPs is needed in the vote for the re­sult to be valid.

Kam­menos has al­ready been called to ap­pear be­fore Par­lia­ment’s In­sti­tu­tions and Trans­parency Com­mit­tee in Septem­ber, when he will be ques­tioned about his con­tact with con­victed shipowner Makis Yian­nousakis.

Yes­ter­day, the head of the Pi­raeus Ap­peals Court pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice, Panayi­o­tis Brak­oumat­sos, in­vited three key fig­ures em­broiled in the af­fair to an­swer ques­tions. The three peo­ple con­cerned are jour­nal­ist Makis Tri­antafy­lopou­los, who Kam­menos claims put him in touch with the con­vict, coast guard in­ves­ti­ga­tor Panayi­o­tis Christo­foridis, who was sent to ques­tion Yian­nousakis, and Pi­raeus First In­stance Court prose­cu­tor Eirini Tziva, who went Ko­ry­dal­los jail to take the shipowner’s tes­ti­mony.

Yian­nousakis claims that he was put un­der pres­sure to im­pli­cate ship­ping ty­coon Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis in the Noor 1 case, which cen­tered on the dis­cov­ery of more than 2 tons of heroin.

An­other le­gal tra­vail for the gov­ern­ment emerged yes­ter­day when Star TV sued Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos and the gen­eral sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Lef­teris Kret­sos, for 32.4 mil­lion euros. The TV chan­nel claims the amount re­lates to earn­ings it lost last year when it failed to gain a TV per­mit in a ten­der held by the gov­ern­ment.

The ten­der was later de­clared void fol­low­ing a Coun­cil of State de­ci­sion deem­ing it un­con­sti­tu­tional but the TV sta­tion claims that be­fore this hap­pened it lost a num­ber of deals be­cause it ap­peared that it had missed out on a li­cense.

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