Suspended sentence for former chief of ELSTAT
A court in Athens handed Greece’s former statistics chief a suspended two-year prison sentence for breach of duty yesterday. Andreas Georgiou was sentenced after the court found him guilty of breaching National Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) regulations.
The three-member appeals court said the 57-year-old failed to inform the governing board of ELSTAT about the release of budget deficit data in 2010.
A former executive at the International Monetary Fund, Georgiou was in charge of ELSTAT between 2010 and 2015. He was however cleared of the charge that he continued to work for the Washington-based Fund during the early stages of his term as ELSTAT chief.
“Mr Andreas Georgiou believes fully in his innocence, for which he will fight as long as it takes... until his final and complete acquittal,” his lawyers said in a statement.
The European Union had repeatedly issued its support for both Georgiou and ELSTAT figures, and a European Commission spokesperson said yesterday that Brussels has “full confidence in the accuracy and reliability of ELSTAT data during the period 2010 to 2015 and beyond.”