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Supreme Court refers Andreas Georgiou with felony charges

Supreme Court refers Andreas Georgiou with felony charges
Athens, August 2, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

President of Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) Andreas Georgiou is to be referred for a new judgment to the Appeals Council of Athens.

The Supreme Court, with its no. 1331/2016 decision, accepted in part the appeal of Xeni Demetrius, at the time when she was deputy prosecutor of the Supreme Court (currently prosecutor of the Supreme Court) against the No. no. 1149/2015 Decree of the Appeals Council, concerning the former president of the Greek Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) Andreas Georgiou, thus referring him anew for a new judgment to the Appeals Council with the felony charges of false certification, in addition to the misdemeanor offense of the breach of duty for which he has already been referred.

In particular, the Criminal Department overturned the decision no. 1149/2015 Decree, in the part that it deemed that Georgiou and the two heads of ELSTAT services , Konstantinos Molfetas and Athanasias Xenakis, were not be charged with false certification against the State with high stake aggravating circumstances.

The false statement was used in 2009 to introduce Greece to the status of memorandums because of the swelling of the deficit.

Thus, the case will be heard again in the Appeals Council.

The issue of ELSTAT had emerged from the Athens Bar Association in 2011, with a complaint report which had been closed, but was revived in 2013 in a letter of the ABA to the Supreme Court Prosecutor.

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