Felony prosecution for ELSTAT chairman for "inflating" Greek state deficit
Peponis requested criminal prosecution for the case of the inflated deficit in 2009, a case that came to light after the accusations by professor Zoe Georganta against ELSTAT president Andreas Georgiou and members Konstantinos Molfetas, chief director of national accounts, and Eustathia Xenakis, head of general statistics.
The criminal prosecutions concern the offenses of false certification against the state, while it is requested that the president of ELSTAT face additional prosecution for the offense of repeated misconduct.
Peponis, who investigated the case, asks that the relevant case file be forwarded to an investigator of law 4022 on corruption and investigate if there are instigators or any involvement of other persons in these acts, or whether there are any other offenses.
According to Georganta’s accusations, the 2009 deficit was fictitiously inflated to open the way for the signing of the first memorandum and the imposition of the harsh austerity measures.
Papandreou’s reactionLate on Tuesday night, after the ELSTAT prosecution became known, former premier George Papandreou issued a written statement which reads as follows:
"Eurostat published the Greek data for the Excessive Deficit Procedure on three consecutive occasions, from November 2010 onwards, without reservations, reflecting the significant improvement of the Greek fiscal statistics and compliance with the rules of ESL95.
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