Greece's troika of international lenders has been sued for crimes against humanity by the country's fourth political party, the Independent Greeks.
The Independent Greeks, rated as Greece's fourth party in a recent poll where they drew eight percent, has filed suit against the troika. The troika comprises the three external bodies, the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
The troika determines the amount of bail out loans extended to Greece in return for the debt-ridden nation imposing austerity, raising taxes and promising to implement reforms. Ekathimerini reported the Independent Greeks, led by Panos Kammenos, claims the measures demanded by the troika have resulted in a spike in Greek suicides. The party said troika imposed measures “gradually caused in the soul of each victim a morbid disposition."
The lawsuit will be forwarded to the International Criminal Court by the Supreme Court prosecutor’s office.
The timing of the Independent Greeks is impeccable. The International Monetary Fund is due to meet on Jan. 16 to approve the remaining disbursements of funds to Greece, Ta Nea reports.