Further investigation to the claims of attempted bribe of Independent Greeks MP Pavlos Haikalis by a middleman is not necessary. Prosecutor Panayiotis Panagiotopoulos put the case in a nice file and put it on the shelves of history of modern Greek politics.
In the reasoning the prosecutor investigating the case came to the conclusion that no crime took place and no evidence of the claim [of the attempted bribe]. Therefore the case must be shelved.
However the case remains open regarding the illegal taping of the meeting with the middleman as it was recorded by Haikalis.
The prosecutor was not convinced about Haikalis’ claims, indicating that it was not reasonable that the middleman also recording the meeting.
Furthermore, the prosecutor rejected Haikalis’ application requesting the “lifting of telecommunications secrecy” saying that “it is not necessary since there is no case of a leakage from any other person.”
MP Haikalis had applied to the prosecutor the investigation of the middleman’s telecommunication” in order to find out who might have informed the middleman that police had trapped Haikalis’ home ahead of the crucial meeting where the middleman was supposed to bring the money. According to Haikalis, the middleman did appear in the crucial meeting at his home.
Last Friday, Pavlos Haikalis, MP from nationalist Independent Greeks, claimed that a middleman attempted to bribe him with 2-3million euros
so that he would vote in favor of the coalition government Presidential candidate. Middleman Giorgos Apostolopoulos had apparently worked at the Deutsche Bank and Piraeus bank and had served as adviser to ex PM George Papandreou, to Antonis Samaras when he was opposition leader and to Panos Kammenos, President of Independent Greeks party.
At the end of the long story that shook Greece’s political world and had journalists and analysts spent hours and hours investigating and commenting on the case, all we can say is that
A) middleman Giorgos Apostolopoulos is cleared of all suspicion as no attempted bribe took place.
B)MP Pavlos Haikalis may face three charges and investigations:
1. illegal recording of his meeting with the middleman.
2. investigation on whether he participated in stock exchange transactions (Haikalis had told media that he had given Apostolopoulos 5,000 euro so the latter invests in stock exchange abroad. Later the MP said, he lent the money to A.
Indeed, Samaras’ lawyer went to file the lawsuit today, Monday, but he could not do so due to the lawyers’ strike.
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