Prosecutor Seeks Guilty Verdict for Former ELSTAT Chief Andreas Georgiou



The prosecutor at an Athens Appeals Court has demanded a guilty verdict for the former head of Greece’s statistical authority (ELSTAT) Andreas Georgiou on breach of duty charges.

The charges relate to Georgiou’s parallel employment for a few months (from August to November 2010) as head of ELSTAT but also as an employee of the International Monetary Fund.

Georgiou is also accused of failing to summon the ELSTAT Board of Directors, with the result that the decision to assess the revised deficit figures for 2009 has been taken without the explicit agreement of the other members.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant ought to have listened to the views of the Board of Directors.

The court is due to issue its decision on Tuesday morning.

Supreme Court Prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou earlier this month ordered the reopening of a case against Georgiou, after a Council of Appeals Court judges ruled for a second time that he should not face charges.

It was the second time that the country’s top prosecutor overturned an earlier ruling in favor of Georgiou, in a case that has become a touchstone for relations between Greece and its creditors.