FT reports on politicisation of justice in Greece under Alexis Tsipras

George Orwell’s Animal Farm ends with the farm animals looking now at the tyrannical pigs, now at the human farmers and finding it impossible to tell the difference.

The year 2016 is going to end in Greece, with the local people unable to tell the difference between other authoritarian leaders in the country’s history and Alexis Tsipras.

The Financial Times reports on Tsipras’ politicisation of justice and his “authoritarian streak that… is becoming more visible as its leaders battle a slide in opinion polls and a resurgence in support for the opposition party, New Democracy.”

The FT quotes Thanos Veremis, former history professor  Athens University, saying Syriza “would like to put every independent institution under state control — it’s part of their ideology.”

“Among Greece’s international bailout monitors, there is an awareness that lack of respect for independence of some institutions — notably the judiciary — could become an Achilles heel in the country’s bid to turn a corner and attract outside investment.”

Indeed, anyone would be mad to invest in Greece with the rule of law gone out of the window. I have had to solve my own cases (the original one and the subsequent cover ups) by investing incredible amounts of time and energy. In fact, I am thinking of sending a bill to the Greek government for doing the work of the local police and prosecutors…

“Panagiotis Pikrammenos, former president of the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, and a former caretaker prime minister, says the country has reached a “tipping point”. “Little by little, adherence to the rule of law in Greece has been diminishing,” he said in an interview. “I feel that every day that passes, Greek citizens are growing more distant from European citizens. The big question is how are we going to restore it?”

Well, Greeks can start restoring justice by clapping Theodekti, the Bishop of Volos, of Larisa (surely involved somewhere in the background), Alexis Tsipras and George Soros in jail before locking up the Vatopedi monks for their role in the land swap deal, the Goldman Sachs bankers as well politicians who have huge off shore bank accounts.

The FT reports that the opposition party will make fighting corruption in insititutions a central part of it is election platform.

“But, in an indication of how widespread the concerns have become, it is clear that the opposition will make them an issue in Greece’s next general election campaign, which must take place by October 2019. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of the opposition New Democracy party, says: “We have expressed serious concerns that we have been witnessing an erosion of the quality of our democratic institutions since Syriza came in.”


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