Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis may face criminal prosecution after senior state prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered Greece’s Parliament to examine several complaints against him.
So far, Varoufakis is slapped with five separate lawsuits, with serious charges of “treason, violation of privacy data, breach of duty, violation of currency laws and belonging to a criminal organization.”
The charges are brought after Varoufakis revealed a contingency plan of a parallel payment system within Greece in case banks were forced to close. The plan included hacking into citizens’ tax profiles and generating a secret payment system, while ultimately leading to a national currency.
Currently, Varoufakis has immunity as a lawmaker. A ballot in parliament, though, can decide if his immunity is lifted so he can stand trial.
Meanwhile, citizen groups have organized a protest rally in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday evening, demanding the prosecution of the former Minister.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has distanced himself from Varoufakis. He has stated that he never authorized him to formulate such plans or any others that would endanger Greece’s stay in the Eurozone. On Wednesday, he spoke to “Sto Kokkino” radio station and during the two-hour interview he did not mention his former Finance Minister and friend even once.
On Thursday, during SYRIZA’s Central Committee meeting, Parliamentary Representative Nikos Filis stated that Varoufakis “has said a lot of bul%#&it.” He also said that if the things Varoufakis claims are true, he should stand trial at a special court, “but they are not true,” he added.