To Justice LAOS party leader Karatzaferis

The Parliamentary Audit Committee for Parties and Lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously ratified the results of an audit conducted on the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis, in which he is accused of owning two offshore companies which were not included in his wealth declaration forms.

The decision opens the way for the public prosecutor to launch a criminal investigation against Karatzaferis.

The leader of LAOS had not mentioned the ownership of the offshore company Catalina International Ltd, which initially belonged to him and his son, or a second company, Homeric TCI, which he acquired later. There are also indications of “money laundering”. Since 2003, Greek lawmakers are not allowed to own an offshore company while a provision in 2010 expressly banned any intermediaries.

The Committee also decided unanimously to send the file to the Audit Court in order to determine what the financial damage has been for the State and then initiate procedures to seize the relevant amounts on behalf of the State.

In a separate discussion, the Committee decided to refer former New Democracy MPs Aristeidis Tsiplakos and Telemachos Hytiris to Justice, in order to investigate an apparent discrepancy between their declared income and their bank accounts.