Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has dismissed media reports that the “case file regards sales of projectiles to Saudi Arabia” is about to be or was already submitted to the Greek Palriament for investigation. The information was allegedly attributed to the Corruption Prosecution.
In a letter to Corruption Prosecutor, Kammenos asked to confirm or dismiss the media reports.
Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy and PASOK have been hunting Tsipras’ junior partner Kammenos, the leader of Independent Greeks, over the sale of the projectiles form the stock pile of the Greek Armed Forces.
In practice, the sale never materialized.
In his letter, Kammenos asked the prosecutor to continue the investigation and underlined he was willing to testify as a Greek citizen and not as a Minister protected by the law.
Acting and former ministers are protected by the Law on Ministers’ Responsibility, any prosecutor investigating against ministers has to submit the case files with solid proof evidence to the Parliament. Lawmakers decide about further steps to be taken.
“The Parliament and the Justice dismiss the claims that the case file was sent to the Parliament,” Kammenos said in his letter.
It is worth noting that the media reports appeared while the Greek political arena was set on fire due to the revelations about the Novartis bribery scandal. This case file was submitted to the Parliament on Tuesday.