ND to back bribe probe, aim­ing to quash al­le­ga­tions

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New Democ­racy confirmed yes­ter­day that it will sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posal for a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into the No­var­tis bribery al­le­ga­tions, but main­tains that they are a prod­uct of the coali­tion’s in­ter­fer­ence in the ju­di­cial sys­tem.

“New Democ­racy says ‘yes’ to the launch of a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate the No­var­tis case,” said Maria Spyraki, a spokes­woman for the con­ser­va­tive party. “It is clear that all [Prime Min­is­ter] Alexis Tsipras wants to do is blacken the name of his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. That is why he and his min­is­ters in­ter­vene in the jus­tice sys­tem.”

Spyraki ar­gued that the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by the gov­ern­ment does not iden­tify any spe­cific of­fenses by the 10 politi­cians iden­ti­fied by the three pro­tected wit­nesses.

ND is ex­pected to also de­mand the for­ma­tion of Par­lia­ment com­mitte to in­ves­ti­gate De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos over a failed deal to sell arms to Saudi Ara­bia.

Con­ser­va­tive leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis ac­cused Tsipras of try­ing to “sink the coun­try into a mire of scan­dal­mon­ger­ing” and ar­gued that the par­lia­men­tary in­quiry would give his party a chance to re­spond to re­cent ac­cu­sa­tions.

MPs are set to vote next Fri­day on whether the in­quiry should go ahead. There will be 10 sep­a­rate bal­lot boxes for each of the politi­cians – two ex-prime min­is­ters and eight for­mer min­is­ters – who have been im­pli­cated in the af­fair.

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