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‘Silent’ Georghadji met police investigators as part of economy probe, AG says

Attorney-general Costas Clerides

Central Bank (CBC) Governor Chrystalla Georghadji met with police investigators probing into the collapse of the country’s banking system on Thursday, Attorney-general Costas Clerides has revealed

According to public broadcaster CyBC, speaking during the #rik TV programme on Friday night, Clerides said Georghadji had met with investigators following accusations heard during a recent House Ethics Committee that CBC officials were complicating police work when it came to providing evidence, documents and statements.

The session, which took place just under took weeks ago, had MPs express their dissatisfaction with the governor who opted not to go into detail, citing confidentiality and the fact that several cases connected to the matter were in court.

During Friday’s TV programme, Clerides went on to specify that he had told deputies during the session on some of the serious aspects of the case, which may have led to the financial meltdown, do not carry any criminal penalties and consequentially are not being investigated by police.

Instead there is a political responsibility which extends to supervisory bodies and institutions, he said.

Commenting on Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulous, the AG said they were waiting on the results of a disciplinary investigation in Greece against district attorney Georgia Tsatani, who had issued a report clearing the former bank boss.

The object of the disciplinary investigation, ordered on Tuesday by Supreme Court President Vasiliki Thanou is to establish why Tsatani took over the case and subsequently concluded that no evidence existed against Vgenopoulos, when it should have been handled by either of the corruption or financial crime desks.

It is widely believed Tsatani was trying to exonerate Vgenopoulos.

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