A man crosses the street outside the Novartis Greek offices in Athens, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. 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.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Senior politicians named in medicine scandal probe

February 06, 2018 - 12:07 pm

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's parliament has named two former prime ministers and eight former ministers — including current Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras — as being linked to a major medical bribery scandal.

Parliament on Tuesday announced the results of a judicial investigation into alleged bribes paid to public officials by Swiss drug-maker Novartis over nearly a decade to boost subscriptions of their products at public hospitals and sales prices.

The politicians named in the investigations include former conservative prime minister Antonis Samaras, caretaker prime minister Panagiotos Pikramenos, five former health ministers, and Stournaras who was finance minister before moving to the central bank post.

They have all denied the allegations. The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said it is cooperating with Greek authorities.

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