In a letter to Parliament President Nikos Voutsis on Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras asked for an off-the-agenda debate in Greek Parliament focusing exclusively on the latest developments concerning justice and the government’s policies in this area.
“Over the recent period, public debate has been inundated and poisoned by groundless and insincere claims concerning the manner of exercising government policy in the justice sector. These claims are being promoted by specific centers that have reasons to fear an unobstructed and independent judicial process,” Tsipras said, accusing the opposition parties of reproducing the same claims.
The prime minister noted that the government’s goal was to restore the citizens’ faith in the justice system, which he said had been especially damaged by the irregular and unconstitutional interference in justice by recent governments. As examples, he cited the progress in investigating the “Borjans List” and the previous “Lagarde List” of Greeks with substantial deposits abroad, the bank loans issued without any collateral and other financial crimes at the expense of the Greek public sector.
“Given the above, it is our obligation to open a relevant public dialogue in a substantive way within Parliament and at the highest possible level, without evasions and ruses in the manner attempted by the opposition in the past few days,” Tsipras said.
According to sources in Parliament, the date for the off-the-agenda debate will be announced on Thursday, after the Conference of Presidents meeting, and will probably be set for the coming week.