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Outcry over guilty verdict for former Greek statistics head

Image: James Lee [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The conviction this week of Andreas Georgiou, the former president of Greece’s national statistics agency Elstat, for breach of duty has sparked widespread condemnation.

Georgiou was found guilty by a Greek appeals court on 1 August for not having informed Elstat’s board in 2010 that he was sending the EU upwardly-revised 2009 data on Greece’s budget deficit. He was given a two-year suspended jail sentence, but denies any wrongdoing.

Cases against Georgiou have been pursued for years, and the latest verdict overturned two previous acquittals for the same charges. Georgiou’s lawyers have said he will appeal the verdict in Greece’s supreme court.

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