Greece: 3 former ministers face land swap charges

November 17, 2010 14:41

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's parliament voted early Wednesday to indict three former ministers over a series of real estate deals between the state and a wealthy monastery, which blew up into a major political scandal.

Lawmakers voted for the three ex-ministers who served in the previous conservative government to face charges of breach of faith. A proposal by the governing Socialists for similar charges to be brought against another two former ministers, also in office between 2004 and 2009, was rejected.

All five former officials denied any wrongdoing, and accused the Socialists — elected just over a year ago — of acting out of political motivation.

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