Pros­e­cu­tor rec­om­mends con­vic­tion of ex-stats chief

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An Athens pros­e­cu­tor rec­om­mended yes­ter­day that Greece’s for­mer sta­tis­tics chief, An­dreas Ge­or­giou, be con­victed for breach of duty for not re­lin­quish­ing the post he held at the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund while head­ing the sta­tis­tics agency (ELSTAT) be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber in 2010.

The pros­e­cu­tor at the Athens Mis­de­meanors Ap­peal Court also rec­om­mended that Ge­or­giou face charges for con­sis­tently fail­ing to con­vene ELSTAT’s board, and that the de­ci­sion to re­vise the 2009 deficit fig­ures was taken with­out the agree­ment of the other board mem­bers. “Ge­or­giou was obliged to lis­ten to the views of the other mem­bers of the board,” the pros­e­cu­tor said. The court is due to is­sue its de­ci­sion to­day.

Ear­lier this month, Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou or­dered the re­open­ing of a case against Ge­or­giou, after a coun­cil of ap­peals court judges ruled for a sec­ond time that he should not face charges.

It was the sec­ond time that the coun­try’s top pros­e­cu­tor over­turned an ear­lier rul­ing in fa­vor of Ge­or­giou, in a case that has be­come a touch­stone for re­la­tions be­tween Greece and its cred­i­tors.

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