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Greek prime minister denies involvement in phone tapping scandal

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday denied all responsibility in a scandal relating to the tapping of an opposition leader's phone by Greece's National Intelligence Service (EYP) over several months.

Athens, 8 August 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday denied all responsibility in a scandal relating to the tapping of an opposition leader’s phone by Greece’s National Intelligence Service (EYP) over several months.

“What was done, may have been legal, but it was wrong. I knew nothing about it, and obviously I would never have approved anything like this,” he said in an address carried by public broadcaster ERT.

Nikos Androulakis, head of the social-democratic opposition PASOK party and a member of the European Parliament, has laid a charge against persons unknown relating to the phone tap.

The investigations have revealed that his mobile phone had for months been tapped by the EYP.

The revelations led to the resignations on Friday of EYP commander Panagiotis Kontoleon, and Grigoris Dimitriadis, head of Mitsotakis’s secretariat.

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