He even says that he has proof to back up his claims because he was able to record meetings that he had with the person who initiated the bribe.
“I had two meetings that were recorded. They gave me 700,000 euros in cash as a first installment and following this an agreement for bank loans, as well as contracts with an ad agency. I have made a submission to prosecutor (Panos) Panayiotopoulos and main prosecutor (Isodoros) Dogiakos,” Haikalis said in a television interview last Friday morning.
He said that the bribery began as a joke but then became serious after he showed some interest in the deal. Haikalis named the person as Giorgos Apostolopoulos, a financial consultant with close ties to large international banks.
Shockingly, the prosecutor threw out the case and is refusing to press charges against Apostolopoulos because they say that there is not enough evidence to prove that Haikalis is telling the truth. However, Apostolopoulos is apparently not disputing the evidence against him, but instead is saying that he was only trying to pretend to bribe Haikalis to see if he was honest.
Apostolopoulos claimed that his goal was to “determine the real motives for [Haikalis’s] dealings in politics and the ANEL party as well as determine his moral-political poverty and the level that an active politician could sink at critical political junctures for the country, putting personal gain above all else.”
Interestingly enough, both of the men had the room bugged and rigged with recorders and cameras for their own purposes. However, this is a strong claim to not even stand trial and see a day in court, could that have anything to do with these banking connections?
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.