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Wiretapping: Ex secretary at PM’s office denies any knowledge

Former general secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and nephew of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Grigoris  Dimitriadis, testified on Monday at the Institutions and Transparency Committee over the wiretapping scandal and the Predator malware.
Invited were also three businessmen allegedly involved in the companies Krikell and Intellexa who, however, were not present due to business trips abroad.
The meeting on Monday was behind closed doors and convened following the joint requests of the opposition parties.
In his testimony, Dimitriadis said that he resigned on his own initiative from the position of secretary and liaison with the National Intelligence Service (EYP).
and added that neither he nor the Prime Minister had knowledge of the surveillance of PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis.

He categorically asserted that no public service owns or uses the Predator malware.

When asked about the degree of his daily involvement in EYP matters, he emphasized that it was absolutely necessary from his position. He noted that malicious software is a global problem that also concerns the European Commission. At the same time, he emphasized that he does not know and has no relationship with the companies Krikel and Intellexa, recalling that the first came to Greece during the ministry of Mr. Toskas [SYRIZA], with whom he also signed the relevant contract.”

On their part, businessmen Ferlix Bitzios and Yiannis Lavranos informed that the first lives in Milan and the latter in London and they are prevented from coming to the Commeettee that if it wants they can testify with a memorandum or testify to consular authorities. Businessman Tal Dilian was sent an invitation to Tel Aviv, but it was not possible to locate him, notes state-rung news agency amna.

Opposition parties SYRIZA and PASOK/KINAL spoke of “omerta” with several MPs wondering if he he no contacts and no knowledge of the surveillance, how can he be so categorical, state broadcaster ERT reported.

Member of the committee and SYRIZA MP Giorgos Katrougalos commented “this was another attempt of cover-up.”

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