Parliament on Wednesday decided to lift the immunity of Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and SYRIZA deputy Yiannis Stefos by their own request, and rejected the same move for Democratic Alliance deputy Andreas Loverdos, and New Democracy MP and former ND leader Evangelos Meimarakis.
Katrougalos’ case relates to a charge of breach of faith against the Greek state involving a total of 500,000 euros, in a crime committed in 2010-2012. Stefos’ case relates to manslaughter.
Katrougalos repeated a request for the lifting of his immunity in the plenary, explaining that he is not under investigation personally but as part of a group of professors at the Demokrition University of Thrace, who served as members of the Research and Management Committee in the period 2010-2013.
“I ask for the lifting of my parliamentary immunity not because there is slightest shadow of penal or other responsibility but because it is the political world’s duty, ahead of the expected constitution review, to avoid giving the impression that we want to be under protection,” he said. “The (current) unacceptable state of deputy immunity is something we do not support and today we are sending a strong signal that we want it to change”.
On his part, MP Stefos asked for the lifting of his immunity because, as he said, “there must be closure to this case, in which I have already been acquitted by the court”.
Meimarakis’ case relates to an out of court statement filed by a citizen for possible liability during his tenure as parliament president, and Loverdos’ on revealing state secrets through the leak of a classified National Defence Ministry document.
In each of the four cases, there were over 170 votes cast (for lifting immunity for Katrougalos and Stefos: 174 and 175, respectively; against lifting immunity for Meimarakis and Loverdos: 175 and 171, respectively).