Sus­pended sen­tence for for­mer chief of ELSTAT

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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.”

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