As the political battle for control of Greece’s Supreme Court heats up, I handed in charges this morning showing that the deputy prosecutor assigned to investigate the top judge is herself guilty of the perversion of justice and unsuited to conducting any probe.
Deputy prosecutor Efstathia Spyropoulou has been tasked with investigating the President of the Areios Pagos, Vasiliki Thanou, after charges were filed against Thanou by banker Andreas Vgenolopoulos, who is implicated in the Cyprus engineered financial crisis.
The investigation into Thanou comes at a time when a number of new appointments have to be made to Greece’s highest court.
The decision about which candidates should replace judges and prosecutors leaving at the end of June is sure to be fiercely contested with the government of Alexis Tsipras apparently seeking to expand its influence over the justice system.
The Vgenopoulos charges seem to be part of a smear campaign against Thanou who is intensifying efforts to tackle corruption believed to cost the Greek economy 33 billion euros a year. The decision to place Spyropoulou in charge of the investigation does not offer hope that Thanou will be dealt with fairly.
The stamp and first pages of my submission: