Gennimata accusesTsipras of a cover-up on a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia

PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata accused Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for trying to cover up a shady arms deal of the ministry of defense to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, during a fierce debate in parliament on Monday.

“It is a government lost among middle men and a prime minister who is trying to cover up a scandalous affair,” she told MPs and accused Defence Minister Panos Kammenos of trying to deceive parliament.

“Mr. Kammenos is attempting to deceive the House,” she said and turning to Tsipras she added: “Had Mr. Kammenos informed you or not? If yes, you are jointly responsible and you should be held accountable.”

Gennimata submitted to parliament three documents on the case, as well as an article of a law voted by PASOK in 2011 which forbids the use of intermediaries in agreements for the purchase and sale of military equipment.

“The documents I submitted prove that only through an intergovernmental agreement and not with Mr. [Vassilis] Papadopoulos as a middleman,” she said.

Gennimata also criticized Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias who she said threatened lawmakers with legal repercussions if they reveal the content of confidential documents in order to hide the role of the intermediary, Papadopoulos.