BoG governor files complaints about Novartis protected witnesses

Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras (BoG) filed complaints with the Athens misdemeanours prosecutor against the two witnesses in the Novartis pharmaceuticals case on Wednesday.

Stournaras is one of ten individuals – including two former prime ministers and eight former ministers – named in the Novartis case file on alleged bribery and money laundering.

The governor filed complaints against the protected witnesses known under the aliases Maximos Sarafis and Ekaterini Kelesi for perjury, false accusations and slander, the BoG said in a statement.

He also filed a report with the deputy chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court (ex officio supervisor of the anti-corruption prosecutors), in which he points out that the anti-corruption prosecutor’s decision to accept anonymous testimonies contravenes national laws and the European Convention of Human Rights, thus rendering the testimonies invalid.