OCCRP reported that EU’s migration chief, Dimitris Avramopoulos, has branded Greek prosecutors “perjurers” after he was named in a major corruption investigation into whether top politicians were paid bribes in exchange for fixing the price of various medicines.  It is alleged that that around €50 million was paid to politicians in numerous bribes between 2006 and early 2015. With Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis also one of the drugs companies named.   The investigation is said to have implicated 10 politicians by name – in addition to Avramopoulos, it lists former Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, former caretaker PM Panagiotis Pikrammenos , and former finance minister and vice-president Evangelos Venizelos.  All deny any wrongdoing.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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