SYRIZA MP Rachil Makri took legal action against Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras, accusing the banking chief of “possible malice” as regards his monetary policy report on Wednesday. In the Monetary Policy report 2014-2015, the Bank of Greece warned of a likely Greek exit from the eurozone and even from the European Union in the event that the government fails to reach a deal with the country’s creditors.
Makri, who lodged her legal suit with Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani on Thursday, blamed the spike in withdrawals from Greek banks on Stournaras’s statements and suggested that he should resign.
She noted that previous central bank governors had expressed concerns to political party leaders in the past but in private, noting that Stournaras’s public warning came at a “critical point in the negotiations” between Greece and its lenders, while the BoG reports are been traditionally published either in October or in February.
Speaking to reporters, Rachil Makri complained that the Bank of Greece report triggered insecurity among the citizens and stressed that “many horrified citizens call me and ask me what they should do with their money.”
Before appointed to the Bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras had served as Finance Minister (July 2012 – June 2014) under New Democracy-PASOK government. He is considered a pro-austerity hardliner and he has been under frequent attack by the Greek left-wing – nationalist coalition government.