PASOK in a quagmire after the Siemens findings
There is a very real danger that the "Vatopedi fiasko" will be repeated in the Siemens case, even though the investigative committee tried to be careful in their wording of the findings.
In more detail, PASOK parliament members, interpreting the rules of all investigative committees, are only asking for further investigation into the dealings of 12 former ministers, dodging the process of splitting blame between political and penal.
In essence, though, this tactic is just prolonging the process in the next parliamentary procedures.
More specifically, in the next stage there is a plan to finalize and submit the findings of the committee to the Parliament President on Monday. The plan rules that at least 30 parliament members will oversee the findings and if they decide that there should be further investigation, they will be able to request that there is a formation of a preliminary inquiry committee before the Parliament in its entirety.
The indictment of former ministers will be included in the proposal, presenting the potential regulation infringements for which said ministers must be investigated.
The case will then be moved to the Parliament, which will decided the case through secret voting. In detail, one voting box will be established for each former minister indicted in the case.
The question remains as to how parliament members will react to today's findings, since only Mr. Christos Markogiannakis and Prokopis Pavlopoulos' infractions have not been stricken off.
This question becomes more serious on what the vote will be, seeing as the committee bears PASOK's signature as well as the fact that the aforementioned individuals belong to the same party.
In the case of voting against the indictment, the same climate that existed during the Vatopedi scandal, when Mr. Rousopoulos and Mr. Voulgarakis were acquitted through New Democracy's majority vote, is liable to reappear.
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