Parliament vote opens way for ex SYRIZA minister’s prosecution over TV licenses



A plenary session of Parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of a proposal by a House investigative committee for the prosecution of former SYRIZA minister of digital policy, telecommunications and media Nikos Pappas over his handling of the television licensing process in 2016.


Of the 277 lawmakers present, 178 voted in favor and 86 against, 12 KKE MPs declared “present” and one vote was :invalid.


ND and KINAL (total 180 MPs) were in favor against 86 SYRIZA MPs – 85 voted as Pappas had no vote right.)


The 10 MPs of Greek Solution and the 9 of MeRA25 did not participate in the voting procedure and had left during the debate.

3 KKE MPs were absent.


The Parliament will now launch a process to set up a special court to try the case, in accordance with the law on ministerial responsibility and the Constitution.


The Parliament will draw the regular and alternate members of the Special Court that will try Pappas, as well as the members of the Judicial Council and the prosecutorial authority, according to article 86 of the Greek Constitution and the law on ministerial responsibility.


Commenting on the result, Nikos Pappas said that “the majority collided with the truth and was left with the remains of its party agenda.”