Parliament should convene an investigating committee immediately to examine the political responsibilities for the phone tapping attempts against him, PASOK-Movement for Change (KINAL) leader Nikos Androulakis said on Friday.
“It is our democratic duty to protect human rights and freedoms of Greek citizens,” he said in a statement, asserting that he will “not allow anyone to use this great issue for politican gain,” as it strikes against the core of Greek institutions and democracy.
Androulakis said he filed charges at Greece’s Supreme Court 10 days ago for cellphone tapping attemps after he was notified by the European Parliament, as an MEP. Since the charge was filed, he said, the government has “systematically tried to play down the issue with a pack of media reports and false news, even by the government spokesman.”
Noting Friday’s resignations of the prime minister’s closest associate and nephew, General Secretary Grigoris Dimitriadis, and the head of National Intelligence Service (EYP) Panagiotis Kondoleon, that followed a closed-door parliamentary meeting on July 29, the opposition party leader declared that “the attempt to silence and downplay such an important issue is now collapsing.”
The PASOK leader noted that the attempts to tap his phone came in September 2021, when he was running for party leader, and called them “unacceptable for a European democracy.”
All this proves that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his government “are embarrassing Greece abroad,” he stressed, urging Parliament to set up an investigative committee.