The attempted bribery case involving financial adviser Giorgos Apostolopoulos and Greek MP Pavlos Chaikalis was shelved by the prosecutor due to inconclusive evidence.
At approximately 7:00 pm today, the case that shook Greece ‘s political scene during the last week, ended with appeals prosecutor Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos deciding that the charges were unfounded and the videotaping between the two men was illegal. Chaikalis had accused Apostolopoulos of offering him money in order to vote for Presidential nominee Stavros Dimas in the Parliament ballot.
The prosecutor said that Chaikalis and Apostolopoulos were in essence recording each other and that Chaikalis who filed the suit knew that Apostolopoulos was recording him as well. The former was wearing a camera watch, while the latter had placed an audiovisual recording device under the table and a camera in the fire detector, according to iefimerida.gr.
The case had created a stir in the political scene, with coalition government officials claiming that opposition party SYRIZA had orchestrated the frame up while SYRIZA officials insisting that this was indeed a bribery attempt. “The decision to shelve the case without first ordering the lifting of phone privacy in conversations between those involved, gives rise to reasonable questions as to the correctness and motivation of the decision,” SYRIZA said.
Meanwhile, Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos posted on Twitter that the Prime Minister knew that it was an actual bribery attempt and the prosecutors committed a “judicial coup.”