Athens.- Political news centers on developments in Siemens case, particularly after revelations for involvement of former PASOK senior members. However, judicial authorities are seeking for all persons involved in the laundering of the “black money”. At the same time revelations by Thodoros Tsoukatos suspect of taking the some of 420.000 euros, who is to make his statement to public prosecutor next Tuesday, is posing a threat to PASOK party unity. In parallel, Akis Tsohatzopoulos has referred to justice denouncing a fabricated attempt to slander him.
From Brussels, Prime-minister, Kostas Karamanlis has left open possibility for the setting up of an Inquiry Committee after the conclusion of judicial investigation. Mr. Karamanlis underlined that the ND party has no involvement in the case while he stressed that culprits will be punished regardless of their positions. ” This situation harms Democracy and institutions” stressed Health Minister, Dimitris Abramopoulos, adding that politicians must assume their responsibilities and formulate an institutional framework which will consolidate transparency”. “I demand the setting up of an Inquiry Committee on the Siemens case, as the start of deep restructures in the political system. I am determined to confront with the government and practices that damnify Greece”, stressed PASOK President after the annual memorial for Andreas Papandreou. “Citizens must know how the distribution ring of black money to large political parties operated in our country said SYN president, Alexis Tsipras. LAOS party spoke of strong magnitude quake from Siemens case.
In an interview with Eleftheros Typos tis Kyriakis newspaper, Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis stresses that the government is determined to proceed with the purification of the political scene, adding that when Justice locates criminative evidence against politicians, then an inquiry committee on the Siemens case will be set up.
In parallel, PASOK MP Evangelos Venizelos told Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia newspaper that he denounces the ousting of Simitis from the Parliamentary group.
He also proposed the setting of an inquiry committee that would examine PASOK.
Former Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis stated that there will always be political responsibilities when a country sheds light to the rulers’ mistakes and illegalities. In reply to a question on the declaration of early elections he did not rule out such an eventuality with Kararamanlis in power.
Meanwhile, PASOK MP Christos Papoutsis stressed that the ND party cannot hide anymore and cover the whitewash, urging the government to agree on the setting up of an inquiry committee. Referring to information on Mr Simitis’ political responsibility in the Siemens case, he said that he is reserved on the political responsibilities field. He also did not rule out the declaration of early elections.
At the same time, KKE (Greek Communist Party) Secretary General Aleka Papariga proposed the abolishment of the two-party system, adding that not much will be revealed.
Finally, in an interview with Eleftherotypia newspaper SYN (Coalition of the Left) Parliamentary Head Alekos Alavanos did not rule out the creation of a new political party.