Ge­or­giou’s le­gal and court costs to be paid by ELSTAT

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The Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Author­ity (ELSTAT) will pick up the bill for any le­gal and court costs in­curred by its for­mer of­fi­cials, a pro­vi­sion of a draft bill sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day stip­u­lates.

Ac­cord­ing to the would-be leg­is­la­tion, the costs will be added to ELSTAT’s bud­get and the sta­tis­tics ser­vice would only avoid pay­ing them if the for­mer of­fi­cial is con­victed.

The pro­vi­sion is de­signed to sat­isfy the de­mands of Greece’s lenders in re­la­tion to the prose- cu­tion of for­mer ELSTAT chief An­dreas Ge­or­giou, who has faced a se­ries of le­gal bat­tles fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he in­flated the coun­try’s 2009 deficit to jus­tify an in­ter­na­tional bailout.

The draft leg­is­la­tion was tabled just a day after Supreme Court Pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou or­dered the re­open­ing of the case against Ge­or­giou even though a Coun­cil of Ap­peals Court Judges ruled for a sec­ond time that he should not face charges.

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