Shipping minister Kouroumblis: No involvement in Novartis bribery case

Shipping and Island Policy Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis denied any involvement in the Novartis bribery case on Monday, and said “there is absolutely no reference to my name in the case file.”

Referring to a written accusation by former health minister Andreas Loverdos, who had called on the prime minister last year to investigate the pricing of pharmaceuticals, Kouroumblis said that “I myself have called on justice to investigate possible criminal offences by pharmaceutical companies over a series of issues,” Kouroumblis said. In terms of all charges mentioned by Loverdos, he said, “I have personally answered over everything in Parliament.”