Prosecutors say no criminal responsibility found for imposition of capital controls

Athens’ first instance prosecutor’s office filed on Tuesday a case formed to identify possible criminal responsibility for the capital controls imposed by Greek authorities on June 2015.

According to the decision, which was ratified by the Appeals Prosecutors’ office, the investigation didn’t come up with any evidence of offenses committed by the measure imposed just a week before a referendum on July 5.

The case was brought forward by dozens of citizens who said they had suffered severe economic problems because of the measure, whether personally or in their business.

The claimants wanted judicial authorities to ascertain whether serious offenses had been committed, such as high treason, and others.
Using dozens of deposits and documents for relevant agencies, the prosecutors investigated whether the decision to impose capital controls was taken “out of necessity” or if it could have been avoided by acting differently.

If evidence had shown the measures could have been avoided, then the prosecutors would have proceeded with a criminal evaluation of the case to attribute responsibility for the commission of offenses to non-political figures or ministers.