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Ex-Greek minister’s friends and family 'spend 20 million euros in taxpayers’ money on sex lines

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posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 06:56 AM
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The former Greek justice minister has been accused of running up a 20 million euro (£16.7 million) bill while in office by giving friends and family free mobile phones used to call premium-rate sex lines.

Some of those given a phone by Sotirios Hatzigakis were spending up to £10,000 a month in calls to the premium-rate lines, with names including Hot Pussycats, Bored Housewives and The Aphrodite Hotline, according to German media.

The spending was uncovered by official investigations into government spending as part of Greece’s emergency financial austerity measures...


I could not believe this when I saw it. No wonder the Greek economy is in ruins if the justice minister is this corrupt!

Sounds like a prime candidate for the future presidency of the European Union...




posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:07 AM
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The JUSTICE Minister !!!!?!


I think as a punishment then the Greek public should strip him and hang him by a noose in public !!!

Hang on, wait a minute, he'd probably enjoy that and get all his friends and family to use their free phones to take pictures of him !!!!!

On a serious note, this beggars belief and I can only hope that some sense prevails in this god-forsaken world....

regards

PurpleDOG UK



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:13 AM
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Yea, thos naughty Greeks. Do you honestly believe that the very same things isns't also going on within the U.S. government? Given the fact that senior people at SEC were spending up to 8hrs a day on internet porn you have to believe it goes deeper than that. The elite are corrupt and arrogant.



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:16 AM
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I can only hope that some sense prevails in this god-forsaken world....

Unlikely. The most famous investigative journalist/blogger in Greece has just been murdered.

So it looks like more of the same.

And did you notice this, lower down the article:


A caller to Bavarian Radio said: “This is outrageous. Germany is being asked to bail out these spendthrifts allegedly to save ourselves and the euro but we are dealing with a culture where corruption is a way of life.

“How on earth can our leaders expect to convince us that Greece is worth saving when this takes place?”



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:24 AM
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Yes I notice the last part and what that suggests to the German population is that they are being fleeced by those who have been / probably still are wreckless.
This article will probably go a little way to undermining German support for this bailout and from memory that was patchy anyway to say the least ...!

regards
PurpleDOG UK



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:30 AM
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Little popular support for a bailout + a Greek population that won't take austerity.

Either the politicians push it through or we're looking at a 2-track Europe. (I can't see Germany allowing the Euro to be dragged through the gutter - the third possibility).



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:35 AM
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I wish I knew, were these guys using SIEMENS mobile phones



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:41 AM
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Greece certainly isn't looking too good today.

Zeus must be frowning



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:43 AM
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You have a suspicious mind, DD.

It's certainly worth asking what 'connections' the "Justice Minister" might've had to (as yet unspecified) telecoms companies...

(This is making my head spin.)



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:51 AM
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Originally posted by pause4thought
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You have a suspicious mind, DD.

It's certainly worth asking what 'connections' the "Justice Minister" might've had to (as yet unspecified) telecoms companies...

(This is making my head spin.)


I like the King


How can we be in love when there is so much suspicion?

Last night I went to a renowned hotel to meet some old friends, after not seeing each other decades. Hotel was surrounded with black cars and security guards (political foreign delegation). I have noticed some very pretty girls dressed in a manner which would've make them look much younger (Baby-doll style), scattered around in cafes and hall. This certainly arose my "suspicious mind".




posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 07:54 AM
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So what government did you have a part in?

Greek, by any chance?



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:06 AM
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Originally posted by pause4thought
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So what government did you have a part in?

Greek, by any chance?


Not Greece. This happened yesterday in Belgrade, and coincidentally, high Croatian delegation was visiting.

From my point of view, this is just pieces of mosaic.

As for political situation in Serbia, we have a multi-gang government, the state is split between many fractions (parties) and all are refusing to make a move towards EU, while at the same time they say they are all for it. The point is, if they join EU, they will lose total monopoly on everything in the country. It is a very dirty game and totally hopeless.

Serbia has been through what Greece is going now, during Milosevic time (nineties). People are exhausted from useless protesting. As soon as new party (coalition) grabs power, they immediately go corrupt. The only protests that are going on now are protests of hungry people hunger-striking (some actually die).

It is interesting to note that Greece although just a little bigger than Serbia, owes 120 b EU while Serbia owes "only" 23 b EU. Why such discrepancy, considering the fact that Greece is part of such a promising federation as EU?

Something really stinks in EU...



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:18 AM
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“How on earth can our leaders expect to convince us that Greece is worth saving when this takes place?”


GREECE is worth saving. The govt is not. People need to quit equating govt= entire population. Especially the media, who works for the govt in the first place!



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:26 AM
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No kidding.

EU Auditors refuse to sign off accounts for 15th year in a row

And that was a powerful post. You make the situation in Greece sound like a powder-keg.


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GREECE is worth saving. The govt is not. People need to quit equating govt= entire population.

I stand duly corrected. Good point.



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:30 AM
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I was wondering may be the reason the minister was supporting this "sex lines" in particular is because he may have some special monetary interest in them, you know he was also making profits from them.

Perhaps it will be interesting to see how much financial and special interest was invested by the minister on this sex lines.



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:34 AM
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Excellent thread.

This is completely insane. If proof was ever needed that society has lost the plot this is it.

Insanity. Madness. I really am finding it hard to get my head around this.

twenty million.

10grand a month on chat lines. I might dwell on this for a few hours and come back to comment. Then again my head might just explode.

Like, how the hell does an ordinary law abiding greek feel about this.



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:38 AM
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You beat me to it, marg. It just hit me while I was munching away.

This topic's making me feel like I've just stumbled into some seedy underworld bar — you know, the kind where the 'heavy' steps through a curtain at the back, swashes the smoke out of his eyes, and says

"You can see the Boss now..."



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 08:41 AM
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Originally posted by pause4thought
"You can see the Boss now..."


Exactly!!!!!!!!!! its going to be interesting to learn if he was just promoting his own special interest with tax payer money.



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 09:05 AM
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Greek "officials" are not shy of sex scandals, it seems that this problem is been going on for quite a while.

Sex DVD scandal turns spotlight on Greece's ills


As Greek scandals go, it started as a trivial but titillating tale -- a ministry official jumps from his balcony after being blackmailed by an angry lover.

Many Greeks yawned. Few suspected that what would soon be known as the "sex, lies and DVDs scandal" would effectively freeze planned reforms, push the conservative government closer to snap elections, and shake the foundations of Greek society.

"This scandal has shown us what has been happening for years but none of us would publicly admit," said architecture student Victoria Deligianni, 24, sitting at a central Athens cafe. "There is just no progress in this country."

Political analysts say the affair has turned the spotlight on all of Greece's ills -- nepotism, widespread corruption in politics and the press, sexism and lack of opportunity for qualified young people with no connections.

It was no secret Greece was in need of a cleanup in 2004, when voters fed up with socialist scandals in the 1990s voted in the conservative New Democracy party.


This article was back in Feb of 2008 I guess the clean up of the government and the take over of the Socialist party didn't do a darn thing to fix the sexual corruption within the higher up ranks in the nations government

www.reuters.com...



posted on Jul, 19 2010 @ 09:08 AM
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Just Wow! Just when you thought it couldn't get worse you give us a glimpse of the full scale of the disease...



I wonder what's the chances of a former Justice Minister getting his just deserts? It doesn't bear thinking about.


Is it just me, or does this guy give you the creeps?






[edit on 19/7/10 by pause4thought]



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