The Parliament of Greece approved on Monday the opening of an investigation commission to examine the wiretapping of politicians and journalists, including the leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), Nikos Androulakis, a month after the scandal broke out.
The espionage carried out by the secret services led to the resignation of the head of Greek Intelligence and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the beginning of the month, who on the one hand has defended the legality of the wiretapping and on the other has criticized that they were carried out.
The deputies have approved, with 142 votes in favor of the 299 possible, that it be a parliamentary investigation commission that examines the case in detail, Greek media report. The New Democracy legislators have abstained, although from the ruling party they advocated broadening the scope of the investigations so that it does not only focus on the most recent.
The commission will be composed of 29 deputies, distributed proportionally according to the parliamentary representation of each of the parties. Thus, Mitsotatkis’s party will have an absolute majority, with 15 representatives, which in practice would allow him to invalidate any conclusion with which they might not be satisfied.
The espionage scandal, which actually dates back to the second half of 2021, has clouded the political scene in a Greece that already has parliamentary elections in 2023 on the horizon.
Source: Europa Press