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Greece’s Supreme Court Prosecutor Says No Coverup Over Train Tragedy

ATHENS – Greece’s Supreme Court Prosecutor Georgia Adelini backed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ assertion the causes of a February, 2023 train crash that killed 57 aren’t being covered up to protect the government, but most Greeks don’t believe it.

An investigation into the tragedy was kept largely secret and a parliamentary panel controlled by the ruling New Democracy said it was human error and not a failure to implement safety measures delayed for years.

The then transport minister Kostas Karamanlis quit almost immediately but was then elected to Parliament for the Conservatives where he has continued immunity and can’t be prosecuted over the crash unless his protection is lifted.

“There is absolutely no judicial cover-up in the case of the Tempe accident,” Adelini said at the 9th Economic Forum of Delphi, disputing the government’s political rivals who said there is and who want an independent probe.

She didn’t explain why 77 percent in a survey said the government is hiding its role in the tragedy, while the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) said its probe is being obstructed and wants immunity for ministers and lawmakers lifted.

She said the investigation whose work is being kept secret from the public is almost done and that the investigative magistrate in Larissa, who is in charge of the probe, has answered questions from the victims relatives, some of whom are suing.

Adelini said the investigative magistrate is waiting for and expert opinion to find out what the freight train that crashed head-on with a passenger train was carrying, as well as the report on a video sent to a laboratory in the United Kingdom.

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