Greece: Govt alleges official ties to drug bribery scandal

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2018 3:59 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government says it has evidence that senior politicians from the previous administration were involved in a bribery case in which Swiss drugmaker Novartis is accused of making illegal payments to fix prices and increase market access.

Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis said documents from an investigation would be forwarded to parliament on Tuesday. The minister's deputy described the allegations as "the biggest scandal since the creation of the modern Greek state."

Kontonis did not name the 10 politicians allegedly implicated, but several officials named by private and state-run news media in Greece issued statements late Monday denying any involvement in the Novartis case.

Among there were former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Yannis Stournaras, the former finance minister and current Bank of Greece governor.