House lifts MP's immunity

Parliament on Thursday voted to lift the immunity of former Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis so the New Democracy MP can clarify her involvement in a case regarding a controversial financial transaction made by her husband Isidoros Kouvelos, but voted against lifting the immunity of leftist SYRIZA MP Dimitris Papadimoulis, who has been sued for slander by a porn star.

Bakoyannis had asked MPs to lift her immunity so “no doubts linger” in the case. Her husband faces felony charges over the deposit of 1 million dollars in a foreign bank account and is accused of not declaring the sum. Papadimoulis had wanted his immunity lifted to defend himself against Julia Alexandratou, a porn actress who sued him after he accused her of “provocative tax evasion.”

Separately, the hearing for a lawsuit brought against Independent Greeks’ leader Panos Kammenos by the brother of ex-Premier George Papandreou, Andrikos, was put off until January. Kammenos claims Papandreou profited by buying credit default swaps to insure against a Greek default.


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