Greece’s financial crimes squad SDOE is reportedly looking at a raft of top-ranking politicians in Greece for possible unlawful enrichment, but the leak of the 36 names has set Greek officials on a hunt to find who did it. The website Zougla published the names, leading prosecutor Grigoris Peponis to order an investigation into the leak.
“Justice must quickly decide which politicians will be brought up on charges of illegal enrichment, but also which politicians are victims of malicious allegations,” said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou, while he asked the courts to reach a conclusion “as required by the order of the Economic Prosecutor, on who leaked the documents illegally.” He said that, “The Greek people are awaiting to see in practice that institutions are in operation and laws are being enforced.”
The list includes many prominent names, including Parliament President Evangelos Meimarakis, Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos, the Chairman of the Parliament’s Audit Committee Thanasis Nakos, and the Konstantinos Karamanlis foundation, the think tank of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ ruling New Democracy Conservative party.
No one has been officially accused of any wrongdoing. Politicians are required to list the sources of their income and their total wealth and prosecutors have been cross-referencing them to determine if the expenditures and assets are justified by the income.
Other names on the leaked list are:
Nicholas Andrianopoulos, former general secretary of the Minister of Finance.
Ioannis Anthopoulos, former Secretary of Education with PASOK. The investigation began on April 2012 and was due to his involvement – as counsel – in several companies, about which SDOE is carrying out audits and specific searches. The checking of bank accounts has been requested.
Dimitris Apostolakis, former Minister of Defense during the Costas Simitis government
Fotis Arvanitis, a former PASOK MP.
Christos Verelis, former Minister of Transportation and Communications.
Elizabeth Vozenberg, former New Democracy MP.
Giorgos Voulgarakis, former Minister of Public Order, Culture and Mercantile Marine Affairs. An audit is being carried out at the request of the Financial Prosecutor. The bank accounts belonging to him and his wife will be checked.
Alexandros Voulgaris, former Magnesia MP with PASOK. He is being checked by the Thessaly Financial Crimes Unit.
Christos Zahopoulos, former general secretary of the Culture ministry for the New Democracy party.
Nikitis Kaklamanis, ND MP. He is being audited for the period when he was the Mayor of Athens. The audit began after a complaint which arrived at the offices of the prosecution in June 2012.
Michalis Karhimakis, former secretary of the PASOK National Council. The audit began after an anonymous tip.
Nikos Konstantopoulos, former SYRIZA MP.
Michalis Liapis, former Minister of Transport and Culture.
Konstantinos Liaskas, former Minister.
Anastasis Mantelis, former Minister of Transportation and Communication with PASOK. An audit and a check of his bank accounts were carried out in the framework of the Siemens scandal investigation.
Petros Mandouvalos, lawyer and former ND MP.
Antonis Bezas, Thesprotia MP. Audited after a complaint.
Giorgos Orfanos, former Thessaloniki MP with ND. Audited for the period during which he was vice minister of sports.
Fevronia Patrianakou, Laconia MP with ND.
Giannos Papantoniou, former Finance and Defence Minister with PASOK.
Giorgos Patoulis, mayor of Amarousion.
Yiannis Sbokos, former general secretary of the Minister of Defense.
Aris Spiliotopoulos, ND MP.
Spilios Spiliotopoulos, former ND MP.
Nikos Tagaras, former Corinthia deputy governor.
Leonidas Tzanis, former vice minister of Foreign Affairs with PASOK.
Elpida Tsouri, former PASOK MP and deputy minister of marine affairs.
Akis Tsochatzopoulos, former Defense minister, who was already sentenced to eight years in jail for being unable to account for his wealth and who is being tried on other charges include money laundering.
Panagiotis Fasoulas, former PASOK MP and Mayor of Piraeus.
Phillip Foundis, former candidate MP with the Green party.
Apostolos Fotiadis, former Finance deputy minister with PASOK.
Michalis Chalkidis, former Imathia MP with ND.
Marina Chrisoveloni, Magnesia MP with the Independent Greeks.