Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Greece: Former PASOK Minister suspected of bribery called to testify in big pharmaceutical scandal

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Athens anti-corruption prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki, summoned former PASOK Health Minister Andreas Loverdos to testify on May 3, as a suspect in the Novartis pharmaceuticals giant bribery scandal.

According to the announcement, Loverdos was summoned by Touloupaki on suspicion of bribery, after forwarding the case file through the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice to Parliament earlier in April.

Several political personalities have so far been implicated in the Novartis scandal, but their cases were recently shelved, including former Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos and Former Ministers Evangelos Venizelos, Andreas Lykourentzos and Giorgos Koutroumanis.

Ongoing cases include former PM Antonis Samaras; Bank of Greece Governor and former Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras; and former Health Ministers Dimitris Avramopoulos, current European Migration Commissioner, and Adonis Georgiadis, currently Vice President of New Democracy.

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