Former New Democracy prime minister Antonis Samaras has submitted a lawsuit against prime minister Alexis Tsipras, Alternate Justice Minister for Corruption, Dimitris Papagelopoulos and Corruption Prosecutor, Eleni Touloupaki as well as against ‘everyone involved’ in the Novartis case file. Samaras had announced last week that he would file a lawsuit after the case file was submitted for further investigation to the Greek Palriament and his name was mentioned in the file.
The Novartis case has triggered a political storm in the country after investigation by Greek and US authorities point that the Swiss drugmaker bribed not only thousands of public and private doctors but also eight former ministers and two ex prime ministers.
In a public statement on Thursday morning, Samaras described the Novartis case as “a miserable set-up plot” for which Tsipras bears the responsibility.
The case “is so badly set-up that it collapses by itself, the accusations shout from afar that they are all slander. And they did it hastily, one day after the enormous rally for Macedonia,” Samaras said.
Accusing Tsipras for using “sophisticated false witnesses in order to exterminate political opponents,” Samaras warned “Tsipras will not impose a Maduro regime in Greece!”
The prime minister from June 2012 to Jan 2015 said that his government “effectively hit corruption in the field of drugs” and “drastically decreased the cost of pharmaceutical expenditure.”
The Novartis case file contains witnesses’ allegations against top government officials form New Democracy and PASOK.