Greek PM to address phone-tapping scandal that made world headlines


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to make a statement on the phone-tapping issue  today Monday, government sources said on Saturday.

The incident made world headlines and saw the resignations of the head of the country's intelligence agency and of the General Secretary from the Prime Minister's Office.

Meanwhile on Friday government spokesperson Yiannis Economou  said, that government tried to get in touch with Nikos Androulakis on the phone-tapping issue, but the PASOK-KINAL leader "chose not to respond,"

"As soon as the case of the legal intrusion - following the approval of a prosecutor - concerning Androulakis came to the prime minister's knowledge, the government sought to brief him fully through (State Minister Giorgos) Gerapetritis, but Mr. Androulakis chose not to respond."

The government spokesman added, "According to PASOK leaks, there are calls for the reconvening of the Parliament's  Institutions and Transparency Standing Committtee. The government responds positively to this request, hoping that Mr. Androulakis will respond this time and be there in person, so that he can be informed and receive answers about all the particulars regarding the legal intrusion that concerns him - answers that leave no room for arbitrary conclusions and conspiracy theories."

Regarding the opposition party's demand for Parliament to convene an investigating committee on the issue, Economou said the government will respond positively to such a demand, "since the government seeks absolute clarification of the specific issues over time, under the obvious condition that all necessary confidentiality procedures are observed."

Supreme Court Prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos will personally conduct a preliminary criminal investigation on the phone-tapping issue, it was announced late night Friday.

Specifically, as reported, he will look into the leakage of information contained in top-secret state documents concerning -as was pointed out by the Supreme Court Prosecutor's Office- "the process of declassification of communications on issues related to the country's national security."