Former Greek Minister of Transportation Michalis Liapis goes on trial today after his arrest for driving an uninsured vehicle with fake registration plates.
Liapis was stopped on Tuesday for a standard check by police officers in Artemida, about 30 kilometres from Athens.
During the inspection, police found that his vehicle, a Volkswagen Touareg, had fake number plates and no insurance. Liapis, a cousin of former Prime Minister of Greece, Kostas Karamanlis, could also not produce his driving license.
“The crisis has had its impact on me. I am not saying that I am poor. I am just a guy living with his pension,” Liapis stated after his arrest.
“The car was in a warehouse in Porto Rafti (a region close to Artemida). I was about to leave for a trip to Asia and I thought that the car’s battery would fail. I had not insured the vehicle because I did not use it. I should be punished” he added.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has instructed the Minister of Justice, Charalambos Athanassiou, to elaborate legislation so that members of the parliament, both active and retired, who commit serious social offenses are deprived of any privileges.