Former minister’s accusation ‘too grave’ PM’s office says

8 November 2015
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Responding to claims made by former civil protection minister Yiannis Panousis with an announcement on Sunday, the press office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the accusations he made were “too grave” to be fodder for the media.

“The accusations that Mr. Panoussis has publicly made are excessively serious for him to parade them around the mass media instead of officially submitting them with every detail to justice,” the press release said.

Sources said that Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Toskas had contacted Panousis and asked him why he had failed to inform the authorities about the alleged threats on his life. Replying, Panoussis said that the issue was political and not a matter for the police.

Panoussis made his accusations in a sensational front-page interview with the newspaper “Proto Thema” on Sunday, under the headline “Politicians linked to terrorists are threatening my life.”

The prime minister was informed about the interview on the margins of meetings he chaired about the ongoing negotiations with the institutions and the refugee crisis, sources said.

Main opposition New Democracy, in an announcement, urged the prime minister to take a stand regarding the former minister’s allegations and called for a full investigation by justice.

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