Greece Out of Office, Into the Dock?

Papandreou is accused in the Koskotas scandal

In classical Greece the elected magistrates of Athens, called Archons, held secret ballots to banish leaders when they were accused of serious transgressions. Last week a similar process began in the Greek parliament after two government commissions recommended that criminal charges be brought against former Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. The panels accused Papandreou of complicity in the Bank of Crete scandal and of ordering illegal wiretaps. Parliament is expected to refer the charges to a special criminal court.

The Bank of Crete scandal involves allegations by the bank's owner, George Koskotas, that he systematically looted the Athens-based institution of some $210...

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