PM: sub scandal will be investigated

The scandal involving the submarines contract and any other case that comes to Parliament will be investigated, Prime Minister George Papandreou stressed on Friday in reply to a question tabled in Parliament by Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzaferis.

"This government will not stop shedding light on everything," he said when Karatzaferis pointed out that the document sent by the public prosecutor "seeks the indictment of half your government and the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) of that time, of which you were also a member".

LAOS's leader also voiced serious misgivings about a late-night visit by the current Supreme Court Prosecutor to the home of a government minister, while also referring to strong rumours that a former minister had 178 million euro in a bank and stressing that Parliament should have been informed of the case.

"We personally began the investigation and are not responsible if all the things that happened in the past five years are statute-barred, it is the previous government. There will be light shed on the submarines and everything else sent to us by justice," Papandreou replied.

In reply to a Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras, meanwhile, the prime minister underlined that the government was not afraid to be close to the Greek people but, on the contrary, had an obligation to do that.
He was replying to Tsipras' claim that Papandreou was leading "a harsh, neoliberal government with no popular legitimacy, who political time had expired and which was frightened to face the Greek people".

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