Gov’t sources: The battle against corruption has just started

The battle against corruption has just started, government sources said on Monday, ahead of the ruling of the parliamentary investigation committee on media and political parties’ loans.

“The government will place special emphasis on the case,” the same source said in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA). “The investigation on corruption has just started,” it added.

Based on the latest data, loans to New Democracy and PASOK reach 401 million euros while loans to the media reach 1.27 billion euros. The government source said that the committee’s final report is expected to run to 600 pages, reflected the volume of work done over the previous months. The same source singled out three cases, in particular:
the loan to the Crete-based newspaper “Kirikas Chanion,” in which the current president of main opposition New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis has a 60 pct share, the loans handed out without any collateral and the loans given to the newspaper “Proto Thema” for transactions in the company’s stock by its own shareholders.

The source said that the case was just beginning, since the report outlining the committee’s findings will now be delivered to justice, which will take up the investigation into possible criminal liability by bankers, politicians and media owners that may be involved.