ATHENS – A prosecutor has set aside an investigation into whether Members of Parliament were going to be bribed to support the government’s candidate for Greek President.
Panayiotis Panayiotopoulos said there was not enough evidence to support the charges raised in a report by the Kontra News Daily, which didn’t cite its sources.
He questioned a number of witnesses but said he couldn’t find any credibility to the report.
The newspaper’s editor, Emilios Liatsos, was one of those questioned by Panayiotopoulos but refused to reveal his sources for the story. The probe was launched after SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis made reference to the report during a political discussion on a TV show.
Businessman Andreas Martinos, government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi and Skourletis were among those the prosecutor questioned.
Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras is hoping to thwart an attempt by SYRIZA to block election of a President, which would force early national elections during polls that show the Leftists are leading.
The government, which includes the PASOK Socialists, have only 155 votes in the 300-member Parliament, but need 180 to get a President elected.