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Novartis Case Hears Testimony from Greek Ex-Prosecutor

February 10, 2020

ATHENS – A parliamentary probe into the unraveling alleged bribery scandal around the Swiss drug company Novartis saw former appeals court prosecutor Georgia Tsatani renew her testimony as lawmakers probe whether former alternate justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos meddled in the case.

In her first testimony, Tsatani accused Papangelopoulos of trying to interfere in her work and using threatening language against her with evidence building against the veteran of the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA.

Sources who weren’t named told Kathimerini that Tsatani referred to a bomb attack on her home in October 2016 that was claimed by guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, saying that several references to her in the proclamation issued by the group after the attack resembled language used by Papangelopoulos in his alleged interventions.

SYRIZA is riddled with terrorist and anarchist sympathizers but Papangelopoulos accused Tsatani of lying and said she was in the corner of the now ruling New Democracy without backing up that assertion.

The former general inspector of public administration Maria Papaspyrou denied claims by another former prosecutor, Ioannis Angelis, that she and former Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou knew of SYRIZA plans to jail three political rivals, including former premier and then-New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, one of 10 the Leftists said had taken bribes from Novartis without a shred of evidence being produced even yet.

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