Case file on Novartis has arrived in Greek parliament

The case file on the Novartis case, currently under investigation, has been sent to parliament. Its contents will be examined by representatives of the political parties that are on the Special Permanent Committee on Parliamentary Ethics, the sources said.

Prosecuting authorities on Monday announced that the file on the investigation would be sent to parliament with a recommendation to lift the immunity from prosecution for MP and former minister Andreas Loverdos, after uncovering indications of his possible involvement in bribery.

The files of former prime minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos and former ministers Evangelos Venizelos, Andreas Lykourentzos and Giorgos Koutroumanis were sent to the archives.

Ongoing cases include those of former PM Antonis Samaras and former ministers Adonis Georgiadis, Yannis Stournaras, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Marios Salmas.

In his introductory statement government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos during a press briefing spoke about the ongoing Novartis investigation, saying it was a case that “from the first had terrified the old establishment forces and led to reactions that are indicative of its mindset,” and of its “proprietary attitude” toward the country and its institutions.

“They fail to understand that the political responsibilities that the Greek people have held them accountable for, in relation to Greece’s bankruptcy, are not a passing phenomenon. They are unable to understand that Greece is governed by the rule of law, that it has laws and rules that cannot be applied selectively and judicial officials that do not act to order,” he said.

“They have to understand that in a democracy governed by the rule of law nothing differentiates them from any other citizen. That their aristocratic entitlements belong to the past. Their reactions are precisely what exposes them irretrievably. For this reason, it is crucial that Greek justice should now be left alone to do its work. The innocent will be acquitted and the rest will be held to account for their actions,” the government spokesman said.