On 22 January 2023, PASOK MP Georgios Kaminis announced that he had filed a complaint with the prosecutor of the Court of First Instance to investigate the possibility that his conversations may have been illegally monitored by state intelligence agencies. The MP’s appeal to the judiciary came after it was revealed that a person with whom he has constant contact had been placed under surveillance and thus conversations between the two may have been monitored. The person in question is Yannis Anastasakos, a close associate of the former Minister of Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis.
The surveillance of an MP or MEP by either state agencies or through malicious spyware, such as Predator, raises serious issues with the rule of law and the Constitution, Article 19 of which guarantees the absolute inviolability of citizens’ communications.
Former Deputy Prime-Minister and now Professor of Constitutional Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Evangelos Venizelos, has argued that the lifting of the privacy of communications of an MP or MEP is illegal.
Although Article 19 of the Constitution guarantees the absolute inviolability of the confidentiality of communications, these allegations of surveillance by state agencies yet again raise serious issues with democracy and the rule of law in Greece.
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