MPs vote to establish committee of inquiry into wiretapping
All ruling New Democracy government’s 157 MPs essentially abstained by voting “present”.
The party earlier said it was not opposed to the proposal but wanted the investigation to be extended further back in time, in order to gain a fuller picture, as also requested by the Communist Party.
Following the vote, Parliamentary Speaker Kostas Tasoulas announced that 29 MPs will participate in the committee, in proportion to the parliamentary strength of the parties. Fifteen members will come from New Democracy, 8 from SYRIZA, 2 from PASOK-Movement of Change, 1 from the Communist Party, 1 from Greek Solution, 1 from MeRA25 and 1 from the group of independent MPs.
Parliament returned early from its summer break for the debate, called by the main opposition SYRIZA party after revelations that Androulakis, a European Parliament member and head of the country’s third-largest political party, was put under surveillance for three months last year when he was running for his PASOK party’s leadership. A financial journalist also was under surveillance.
The three-month wiretap of Androulakis’ phone from September 2021 was uncovered after Androulakis was informed by the European Parliament’s cybersecurity service that had had been the target of a bugging attempt by Predator spyware.