Opposition parties walk out of Parliament’s Novartis committee

Greek opposition parties ended up walking out of Parliament’s preliminary investigating committee on Novartis on Tuesday, accusing the government of frivolity and delaying tactics.

Committee members started walking out of Tuesday’s meeting after ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition MPs proposed that the ten politicians named in the Novartis case should appear both to testify and to opine on whether the committee had the jurisdiction to proceed with the case or should refer it to a regular court.

Parliament named two former prime ministers and eight former ministers in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme on Novartis pharmaceuticals.

Earlier in the day, when New Democracy had walked out, the prime minister’s office had issued a statement charging the main opposition party with “cheap diversionary tactics to create impressions and cover up an unprecedented scandal”.

Source ANA-MPA
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