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22 May, 2024
 
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Anti-corruption authority probes allegations against former president

Journalist's exposé sparks in-depth inquiry into corruption claims

Andreas Georgallas

Andreas Georgallas

The Independent Anti-Corruption Authority has initiated an investigation based on the claims made in the book "Mafia State" by journalist Makarios Droussiotis, which exposes allegations of corruption against former President Nicos Anastasiades.

Makarios Droussiotis announced that he is scheduled to meet with the Anti-Corruption Authority on November 23, at 2:00 pm, for the first session regarding the investigation into his book.

According to a statement to "K" from Harry Pogiatzis, the Transparency Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Authority, an analysis of the "Mafia State" book has been conducted. The upcoming meeting on November 23 is expected to delve into the details of the information presented in Droussiotis' book. Pogiatzis highlighted the challenge of finding investigators for this case, mentioning a negative response from a potential candidate in Greece. The Authority is exploring the option of translating the book into English to facilitate collaboration with English-speaking researchers.

When questioned about potential delays in the investigation, Pogiatzis cited a high volume of complaints, ongoing prioritization, and initial uncertainties about operational procedures at the time of the complaint. The examination of the book required significant time to identify points warranting investigation. Regarding timelines for completion, Pogiatzis acknowledged the complexity of the case, involving individuals both domestically and abroad, as well as the study of documents held by the author.

Approximately a year ago, presidential candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis urged the committee to investigate the revelations. In response, Anastasiades expressed satisfaction, anticipating the inquiry to address what he deemed as "slanderous allegations and lies" driven by political motives against Mavroyiannis.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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