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SYRIZA Former Minister Under Spotlight for TV License Scheme

ATHENS – The Greek Parliament controlled by New Democracy will review a case file with findings into an investigation of a top former minister from SYRIZA and his handling of licensing of TV stations.

Nikos Pappas was also a key advisor to former premier Alexis Tsipras when SYRIZA tried to control who got license for private TV stations before a high administrative court decision barred it.

If lawmakers find that there are grounds for the accusations leveled against him to be investigated further, they can vote to lift Pappas’ immunity from prosecution and he could face charges.

The case file sent to a Supreme Court prosecutor has reportedly turned up evidence indicating there should be a probe into the role of businessman Christos Kalogritsas in a 2016 license auction, said Kathimerini.

Kalogritsas has accused Pappas, who was responsible for overseeing the licensing process, of “setting up” the competition by arranging that Kalogritsas had the 3 million euro ($3.64 million) guarantee needed to enter the bidding process on the condition that the businessman would act as a front for a pro-government TV station.

Kalogritsas also alleged that once the bid failed the government diverted the money to its own uses and not for the license.

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