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Probe on former prosecutor Sanidas shelved

Δημοσίευση 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:57 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Probe on former prosecutor Sanidas shelved
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Supreme Court Assistant Prosecutor Roussos Papadakis on Tuesday shelved a request filed by Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis to investigate whether Supreme Court former Prosecutor Georgios Sanidas was guilty of abuse of power in relation to the land swap case between the Vatopedi Monastery and the Greek State.

Supreme Court Assistant Prosecutor Roussos Papadakis on Tuesday shelved a request filed by Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis to investigate whether Supreme Court former Prosecutor Georgios Sanidas was guilty of abuse of power in relation to the land swap case between the Vatopedi Monastery and the Greek State.

Papadakis justified his decision by pointing out that there was no evidence against Sanidas as regards the Vatopedi case.

Last September, Kastanidis had filed a request for an investi-gation on possible criminal liability on behalf of Sanidas when he was in charge of the investigation on the land swaps case.

Two years ago, Sanidas had refused to forward the Vatopedi case file to parliament to investigate the likelihood of political liability despite the fact he had initiated an investigation on the case in response to relevant press reports that had brought it to light.

The former prosecutor had backed his decision by maintaining that the references made to government ministers were vague and not supported by real facts and therefore could not be used as evidence strong enough to raise suspicions of ministerial liability.