Parliament to investigate lease, maintenance of firefighting choppers

Part of a major investigation conducted by the first instance court economic division concerning the leasing of firefighting helicopters will be forwarded to Parliament to investigate whether there is liability on behalf of former alternate public order minister Christos Markoyiannakis, it was announced on Friday.

The case file will be forwarded to Parliament pursuant to the minister’s liability law after receiving Supreme Court approval and concerns the leasing of five helicopters by the fire brigade in 2009.

The issue was brought to Parliament by Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Spyros Vougias.

Another leg of the case concerns the maintenance of five firefighting helicopters based on a contract signed in 2010. The current citizen protection general secretary, Grigoris Tassoulas, is facing felony charges for breach of faith following an investigation. Fire brigade officers and Civil Aviation personnel face complicity charges

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