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The press publications surprised almost no one in Greece, because for a long time there has been information shared informally in different circles that Kostas Karamanlis had been fired at outside his home in the port town of Rafina. Russian special agents rescued him and the perpetrators were members of US secret services.
Kostas Karamanlis, who was Prime Minister for the conservatives from 2004 to 2009, was thought to be in danger over the agreement that allowed Greece to join the South Stream pipeline project in 2008, which is to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe, media reports said earlier.
The prosecution decided there was enough evidence to open criminal proceedings after questioning witnesses from Greek police, the secret services and Karamanlis’ bodyguards, the Athens News Agency said late Wednesday. No suspects were named.
The attack was allegedly being prepared by the secret services of an unspecified country, a Greek ally; however, it was aborted after Russian secret services caught wind of the plan and warned Karamanlis, the Greek weekly newspaper Epikaira reported last year.
Prosecutors will also look into reports that the same foreign conspiracy was behind street riots in Greece in 2008, triggered by the killing of a teenager by police.