Prosecutors investigating the Novartis case on alleged bribery of Greek high-profile politicians will not find any evidence linking the EU’s migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to the purported crime, the Commissioner reportedly said in an interview with “Istories” news program on SKAI TV.
Avramopoulos, who served as health minister between 2006 and 2009, is among the 10 politicians named in the case file of the alleged kickback scandal that dates back more than a decade. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Asked by journalists whether investigators will find any evidence of unexplained wealth for him or his associates, he responded: “I am clearly stating that, as far as I’m concerned, there is no question whatsoever – and I am the first to ask for an in-depth investigation into everything that concerns my personal and political life.”
“Let them search them [his associates]. Let them investigate them. And if something is found, [send them] to the firing squad. But I am telling you this based on the reassurances they have given me,” he said according to the excerpts of the interview. “But that’s not the issue. I believe everything is ok. I believe it. Because if I didn’t believe it I wouldn’t have associates.”
Avramopoulos’ full interview will be shown tonight.