Greek Opposition Walks Out of Novartis Committee

Greek opposition parties ended up walking out of parliament’s preliminary investigating committee on Novartis, accusing the government of frivolity and delaying tactics.

Committee members started walking out of Tuesday’s meeting after ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition lawmakers proposed that the 10 politicians named in the Novartis case should appear both to testify and to opine on whether the committee had the jurisdiction to proceed with the case or should refer it to a regular court.

Parliament named two former prime ministers and eight former ministers in an alleged bribery and money-laundering scheme surrounding the Novartis pharmaceuticals giant.

Earlier in the day, when the main opposition New Democracy party had walked out, the prime minister’s office issued a statement charging it with “cheap diversionary tactics to create impressions and cover up an unprecedented scandal”.

(Source: AMNA)