Parliament on Wednesday passed a justice ministry bill amending laws on the handling of cases of corruption by politicians, state officials and cases of major public interest.

    The bill was passed with the backing of the ruling PASOK, main opposition New Democracy and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) parties.

    During the preceding discussion, Justice Minister Mihalis Papaioannou said the bill sought to address problems arising from the slowness of the political system to apportion blame and accelerate the processing of such cases, as well as the inability of Greek justice "to overcome the various obstacles and underground commitments and its inertia under the tight embrace of the tentacles of political power".