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Greece’s Anti-Corruption Chief Denies Meddling in Novartis Case

ATHENS – Greece’s chief corruption prosecutor, Eleni Touloupaki said she is the victim of a “a coordinated attempt at moral extermination” as she is being probed for constantly pushing a case that 10 political rivals of the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA took bribes from the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis.

Touloupaki testified to deputy Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Zacharis who is investigating allegations judicial officials were influenced by SYRIZA to get its rivals as the party was falling in polls before losing July 7, 2019 snap elections to the New Democracy Conservatives.

Touloupaki denied charges of abuse of power, dereliction of duty and making false statements, saying it was absurd that she should be accused of setting up a case that has unraveled, said Kathimerini, with no evidence produced.

Touloupaki and two associates denied any wrongdoing in their handling of the alleged scandal that has fallen apart as they're probed for abuse of power, dereliction of duty and also making false statements.

Seven have already been cleared with no proof brought by three alleged whistleblowers who said they overheard that the politicians may have taken money in a case based on hearsay that became a political football.

The three charged prosecutors said they believed the witnesses who made the claims but it wasn't explained why no evidence had been produced and why the case continued to be pushed despite that.

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