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Athens prosecutor charges three ex ministers for not full assets declarations

Two former Nea Dimocratia and one ex PASOK ministers were charged by a prosecutor for not fully declare their assets.

Three formers ministers – Petros Doukas, Yiannos Papantoniou and Giorgos Voulgarakis – were charged on Wednesday over failing to fully declare their assets in annual derivation of wealth (“pothen esches”) forms.

The Athens prosecutor’s office issued charges against Doukas, a former deputy finance minister, after noting that the savings he declared for 2010 were 1.1 million euros lower than 2009. Voulgarakis, a former public order minister, was charged in connection to 117,000 euros in his wife’s Swiss bank account that the couple allegedly failed to declare in 2007. Papantoniou is accused of not notifying tax authorities in 2008 about a 2.2-million-dollar bank account belonging to his wife.

The case files will be assigned to investigating magistrates, who will question the three politicians. Doukas and Voulgarakis served in New Democracy governments and Papantoniou was in a PASOK administration. (ekathimerini)

Petros Doukas was a deputy Finance Minister (ND) who recently asked jobless to work without payment.

Giorgos Voulgarakis, a ND-public order minister was cleared by the parliament over the Vatopedi land swap.

Yiannos Papantoniou, ex PASOK-finance minister: the name of his wife was allegedly on the Lagard list.

None of them is a member of the Parliament.

PS odd enough, the political system seems to meet the public’s demand for ‘katharsis’ by using politicians who are not active anymore.

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6 comments

  1. giaoýrti giaoyrtáki

    Same reason why Papakonstantinou and Venizelos are not member of Government.

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    you need to update your information sources: Venizelos is yet member of the Parliament, while Papaconstantinou is not.

  3. PS odd enough, the political system seems to meet the public’s demand for ‘katharsis’ by using politicians who are not active anymore.

    Probably because those in parliament now are beyond any doubt clean and without sins. Because they have gone through the rigorous scrutiny of the Greek electorate twice in the last year. They filed out their Wealth Declaration, which have been scrutinised even more thoroughly and all passed.

    So why would we be surprised that they just pick off some past and spend politicians?

    Not all of course! What about that nephew of Karamanlis? Liapis? Oh, he was ill, wasn’t he. So we won’t bother him. And what about that guy who had as minister responsible for planning, that wonderful house build near Markopoulo? Or is he not among the living anymore?
    Or who remembers that minister who’s koumbaros collected a suitcase full of euros on Syntagma? Wasn’t that something with milk?

    No, there is enough work hunting after past sinners. Why bother with today’s? We will be able to enjoy the hunt for them (and of course their acquittals) when they have gone out of power for decades to come! And work for journalists to boot! 😀

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    dust… smoke… fog… distraction lol

  5. Pity we’re not allowed to put up any links anymore, but your description reminds me so much of Apocalyps Now, where Kilgore is walking through the dust… smoke… fog… distraction… without a shirt on:
    “Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…”

  6. keeptalkinggreece

    the absence of links challenges the narration skills of commentators