Mitsotakis apologises to PASOK leader over eavesdropping

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologised to the leader of the country’s opposition Socialist party for not knowing that he had been wiretapped by Greece’s intelligence service in 2021, adding he would never have allowed it.

The case has shocked Greeks and sparked political uproar.

The head of the intelligence service EYP, Panagiotis Kontoleon, resigned on Friday following allegations made by Socialist leader Nikos Androulakis and a journalist that they had been wiretapped.

Greece’s intelligence chief has resigned, the government said on Friday (5 August) amid a scandal over alleged spying of an opposition politician.

In a preview of Sunday’s To Vima newspaper, Mitsotakis was quoted as saying: “I wasn’t aware, I would have never allowed it. I owe Mr. Androulakis an apology for the mistake made.”

“It was a serious and unforgivable mistake,” he added.

The conservative premier is expected to make a public address over the case on Monday, the semi-state Athens News Agency reported on Saturday.