Parliament handed case file on firefighting choppers' leasing

A case file concerning the overpriced leasing of firefighting helicopters was forwarded to Parliament on Wednesday, as the latter will decide to investigate whether there is liability on behalf of former alternate public order minister Christos Markoyiannakis.

The case file on the five Erickson Air-Crane helicopters was forwarded to Parliament by Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Athanassios Katsirodis. Copies of memos with Markoyiannakis’ claims on the case have been forwarded to Athens’ First Instance Court Prosecutor.

The investigation on the case was launched after the issue was brought to Parliament by former Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Spyros Vougias in May 2010. Vougias, who renegotiated the controversial contract, told Parliament that the leasing of each helicopter had cost 35 pct higher in 2009 compared to 2010.

The Athens First Instance Court has filed criminal charges in another leg of the case that concerns the overpriced maintenance of five firefighting helicopters. Following an investigation, the current citizen protection general secretary, Grigoris Tassoulas, is facing felony charges for breach of faith, while Fire Brigade officers and Civil Aviation personnel face complicity charges.

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