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Androulakis responds to PM Mitsotakis’ televised statement on phone-tapping case

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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis dodged explanations in his televised address about the tapping of his mobile phone, PASOK-Movement for Change party leader Nikos Androulakis charged on Monday.

Androulakis said that the premier “methodically avoided providing explanations about the deep-state branch set up” in the National Intelligence Service (EYP). “The ‘Predator’ spyware was used to tap into my phone, while only a few days earlier I had been placed under surveillance by EYP,” Androulakis stated, adding that “we would not have been aware of these dark practices had it not been for the European Parliament’s official report.”

In its own statements, EYP attributed the interest in the legally approved tapping to requests by the countries of Armenia and Ukraine, an involvement both countries denied through their embassies in Athens. “The fairy tales about the supposed involvement of Armenia and Ukraine in my surveillance were debunked by their respective embassies in the most official and humiliating way for you,” he underlined, addressing himself to Mitsotakis.

Calling on the Greek premier, Androulakis said “the reason for my surveillance must be announced immediately,” charging that the surveillance, which Mitsotakis admitted was legally approved, was “in violation of the privacy of my communications as an MEP and candidate leader for PASOK-Movement for Change.”

He added that he will not accept any cover up or allow Mitsotakis to “trivialize a key case for the separation of powers in our country.” The issue, he underlined, is not personal but “it is a matter of democracy. It pertains to the anxiety of every citizen to wan to live and raise their children in justice and absolute respect for human rights. I will continue the fight so that the justice system, the Greek Parliament and the European institutions bring the entire truth to light.”

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