Second Novartis Witness Says Politicians Bribed, But Knows Nothing

February 26, 2020

ATHENS – A second alleged whistleblower told Greek police she knows nothing about the case of the Swiss drug company Novartis giving bribes to 10 rival politicians of the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA but will testify that they did.

Her identity protected under whistleblower laws and called by the pseudonym Ekaterini Kelesi, spoke at police headquarters about the case in which a parliamentary committee is probing whether former alternative justice minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos meddled in the case when SYRIZA was in power, with prosecutors and former prosecutors also swapping charges of political interference.

The testimony is supposed to be secret but leaks have been unstoppable with media stories giving precise details of what is being said during the investigation by lawmakers after former premier and now major opposition leader Alexis Tsipras saying it’s the biggest scandal since the creation of the modern Greek state, without offering any evidence either.

After saying she doesn’t know anything about the case, the witness called Kelesi then added, however, that she stood by her earlier allegations she did, reported Kathimerini, and that the politicians took money to help Novartis further it business.

She said she will testify in court they took bribes but there was no report on whether she would offer proof after a first whistleblower, dressed in a disguise with a mask, told police he assumed politicians took money, based on rumors, the paper also added.

Seven of the 10 accused, including former premier and previous New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, have already been cleared and some are suing to force the revelation of the witnesses identities, although one became known when stopped by police at the international airport while trying to get to Spain.


THESSALONIKI - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid a visit to the Floating Naval Museum of Destroyer 'Velos' in Thessaloniki, during his tour of the city on Monday.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Sour Patch Kids Oreos? Peeps Pepsi? What’s Behind the Weird Flavors Popping Up on Store Shelves

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream usually draws customers with gourmet takes on classics like vanilla and pistachio.

ATHENS - A 50-year-old man charged with murdering his estranged wife, 40, by repeatedly stabbing her in the abdomen was on Monday remanded in custody after testifying before an examining magistrate.

THESSALONIKI - Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Stefanos Kasselakis on Monday visited the street market in Perea, Thessaloniki with the president of the party's parliamentary group Sokratis Famellos and spoke with merchants and customers about the problems they face.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in connection with their actions during the seven-month war between Israel and Hamas.

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal against extradition to the United States on espionage charges, a London court ruled Monday — a decision likely to further drag out an already long legal saga.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.