Proposal for Inquiry on Ex-Minister Papangelopoulos Submitted to Parliament



The Greek Parliament in Athens.

Speaker of the House Constantinos Tasoulas announced on Thursday morning that thirty MPs from the governing New Democracy (ND) Party had submitted a proposal to initiate procedures for a special Parliamentary investigative committee against the former Deputy Minister of Justice Dimitris Papangelopoulos.

The MPs proposal is based on the allegations made against Papangelopoulos by Ioannis Angelis, the Attorney General of the Areopagus, Greece’s Supreme Court, as well as on similar accusations made by Eleni Raikou, Greece’s former corruption prosecutor.

Papangelopoulos will be investigated for four offenses.

The first is “Incitement to the offense of abuse of power by incitement and direct complicity of judicial officials;” the second is “Provocation and offering to commit an offense;” and the third is “Moral indictment in breach of duty.” The fourth offense is Papangelopoulos’ purported “Violation of duty and incitement to falsehood.”

According to Parliamentary procedures, the proposal must be discussed by October 20, 2019, at the latest.

If members of Parliament agree with the proposal, then the special Parliamentary investigative committee will then be set up.