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Ex-Greek PM sues Tsipras for slander over drug bribery case

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greeces former prime minister Antonis Samaras filed a lawsuit against Alexis Tsipras on Thursday, accusing the current head of government of slander and a villainous plot against him over a bribery case.

The case involves alleged bribery of Greek doctors, politicians and officials by staff of Swiss drugmaker Novartis. The company said this week it would take fast and decisive action if an investigation finds that its managers engaged in wrongdoing.

Greek prosecutors, who have been conducting an inquiry for more than a year and raided Novartis offices in Athens in early 2017, last week referred the case to parliament, which under Greek law is the only institution that can investigate ministers.

The house will soon decide whether to probe the roles of 10 socialist and conservative politicians mentioned in the file, including Samaras, former leader of the conservative New Democracy party, according to documents filed to parliament.

They have all strongly denied the allegations, calling the claims a fabrication and a witchhunt by Tsipras leftist-led government.

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