PM tried to cover up the Lignadis case, SYRIZA’s Iliopoulos says

Returning to the issue of former National Theatre artistic director Dimitris Lignadis and the serious charges against him, main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nasos Iliopoulos on Wednesday repeated on “Max FM 93.4” radio station in Patras that Lignadis had been the “personal selection” of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who he said “attempted to cover up the case precisely because, in his arrogance, he did not want his choices questioned.”
For this reason, he added, “the prime minister comes to parliament tomorrow to explain and we will not allow cheap diversions, such as the debate becoming one about the comments made on social media.”
Iliopoulos stressed that the people coming forward to reveal what they had suffered were owed a debt of gratitude and that their voice must be strengthened, creating a framework that gives them the courage to speak. According to the spokesperson, it was precisely this “that the government did not do in the Lignadis case”.
“After February 6 when the first official report against Lignadis was made, [Culture Minister Lina] Mendoni took no action to send the case to justice but, instead, for days spoke of rumours and a toxic climate,” Iliopoulos pointed out, while on February 15 the government was claiming via its spokesperson that Lignadis resigned “for personal reasons”.
According to the main opposition’s spokesperson, this did not send a signal for an investigation of the reports but “instead a clear signal for a cover-up,” since it was imperative in such cases for prosecuting authorities to act quickly. He noted that the government’s stance only changed once it became clear that Lignadis was being prosecuted for an offence that was not statute-barred.
He also commented on the rise in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, saying this showed that the various illogical measures taken by the government, such as the curfew after 18:00, were not working and, as shown by studies in France, actually increased cases instead of reducing them.