Greece rejected EU prosecutor’s call for action against 2 ex-ministers after rail crash

By Nektaria Stamouli
January 26, 2024

ATHENS — Greece’s government dismissed a call from the European public prosecutor to take action over the potential criminal liability of two former transport ministers after a deadly train collision that convulsed the country last February.

Protesters poured into the streets last year after 57 people — many of them students — died in the country’s worst train disaster on Feb. 28. They blamed top-level mismanagement and corruption for the head-on collision between a freight train and passenger train at Tempi in the north of the country.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) supported those suspicions last month when it charged 23 suspects — including 18 public officials — for crimes linked to the execution of contracts on remote traffic control and signalling systems on the network, co-funded by the EU.

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