World Bulletin / News Desk
According to an FBI investigation which was sent to Greek judges, the company had bribed doctors and public officials in order to boost company’s sales towards both private customers and public healthcare system at the cost of the Greek Social Security institutions. The financial cost of the Greek state is calculated at approximately 23 billion Euros.
The FBI probed the formation of legal file by Greek authorities that included the names of eight former Greek Health, Finance and Development ministers and two former Greek prime ministers.
The suspects included former premier Antonis Samaras from the conservative New Democracy party, former interim prime minister Panagiotis Pikramenos, former Minister of Health and current New Democracy’s Vice President Adonis Georgiadis, and former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos.
Following the standard procedure, Greek judges sent the file to the parliament.
Tsipras delivered a speech on Monday to his party's lawmakers, announcing a request for parliamentary investigation into the allegations against politicians.
Such an investigation could result in their prosecution, should adequate indications arise.
"Following the forwarding of the case by the Public Prosecutor towards the parliament, only one institutional path exists: the establishment of a preliminary examination committee to verify whether there are satisfactory indications of offenses", Tsipras said.
"Our country ended up bankrupt because of the moral decline, the degeneration of a whole political system that never hesitated to reproduce itself at the expense of society and the public interest".
The alleged scandal has created a very intense political atmosphere in Greece since the politicians, who are mentioned in the file, are in most cases, still serving in prominent positions and are prominent figures in their parties.
Next week, parliament is expected to assemble in full caucus, in order to ratify the PM’s request.
American and Greek authorities have investigated Novartis following whistleblower testimonies. Whistleblowers have since been considered protected witnesses and their identities officially remain unknown.
American authorities are prosecuting Novartis under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Conservative bill was widely expected to fail in the chamber
Washington urges Moscow to reign in ally amid offensive in de-escalation zone
‘Koko touched lives of millions as an icon for interspecies communication and empathy’, Gorilla Foundation says
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says they will look into strengthening transatlantic bond in summit next month
Administration to no longer require immediate legal proceedings for undocumented adults who cross illegally with children
Trump administration makes request following backlash over its immigration policy
President says he will take ‘preemptive’ action to halt the actions that have drawn widespread criticism
Al-Sadr’s Sairoon bloc fails to form governing coalition with Al-Wataniya, National Wisdom Movement
Top Trump advisers arrive in Cairo after earlier stops in Jordan, Saudi Arabia
Official results of May 12 elections have been dogged by controversy
Muhammed Ebu Dekka was wounded by Israeli gunfire on May 14, says Palestinian Health Ministry
Protestors march from Bryant Park to United Nations headquarters
U.S. withdrew from UN rights council, accusing it of being hypocritical and biased against Israel
New rule is latest effort by Trump to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act