Cyprus Mail

Greek judge referred to disciplinary council in Vgenopoulos case

Andreas Vgenopoulos

A Greek judge has been referred to the disciplinary council over her handling of a case involving former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos, widely held responsible in Cyprus for the collapse of the island’s banking system.

The development followed an inquiry against Georgia Tsatani, ordered by the head of Greece’s supreme court, Vasiliki Thanou.

Tsatani had closed the case against Vgenopoulos but Thanou ordered a disciplinary probe against her following protests from Cyprus over the handling.

It was not clear whether the case would be reopened if Tsatani was found to be culpable. Greek media reported however, that it will be.

Last week, Vgenopoulos gave Greek authorities a statement regarding allegations of his involvement in the publication of misleading bulletins by the now-defunct lender in 2009 and 2010.

After delivering his written deposition, Vgenopoulos told reporters that the case had already been closed by Greek authorities, which, coupled with his argument that the case is the remit of the Greek judicial system, constitutes precedent.

“This has all been much ado about nothing,” he said.

Attorney-general Costas Clerides said the development showed that some people were in a hurry to celebrate and others to level accusations.

The procedure to dispense justice and for the rule of law to prevail continued despite the difficulties abroad and on the island, he added.


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