Case of Kam­menos link to con­vict shelved

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The probeby ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties into al­le­ga­tions by a con­victed drug smuggler that De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos tried to pres­sure him into tes­ti­fy­ing against prom­i­nent busi­ness­man Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis, has been shelved. Ac­cord­ing to a 17-page re­port yes­ter­day by prose­cu­tor Panayi­o­tis Brak­oumat­sos, who over­saw the two-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion, there was no ev­i­dence to back up the claim by made by Makis Yian­nousakis – who is serv­ing a life sen­tence in con­nec­tion to a huge ship­ment of heroin made by the Noor 1 cargo ship in 2014. The con­vict claimed he was put un­der pres­sure to im­pli­cate ship­ping ty­coon Mari­nakis in the case. The re­port also found no ev­i­dence that a Pi­raeus First In­stance Court prose­cu­tor, Eirini Tziva, jour­nal­ist Makis Tri­antafy­lopou­los, coast guard in­ves­ti­ga­tor Panayi­o­tis Christo­foridis and other state of­fi­cials tried to link shipowner Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis to the case. De­spite shelv­ing the case, the prose­cu­tor has or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into why prison staff al­lowed Yian­nousakis to make phone calls from prison and why he had a phone in the first place, in vi­o­la­tion of the rel­e­vant law. The case file has now been sent to Par­lia­ment, to eval­u­ate al­le­ga­tions against Kam­menos, and to the Pi­raeus naval court to as­sess the role of Christo­foridis.

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