Former justice minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, who is now a Syriza MP, has said he was receiving a 1,000 euro monthly rent subsidy when he was an extra-parliamentary minister in Alexis Tsipras’ first cabinet.

Paraskevopoulos was recently appointed to the parliamentary committee that will conduct a preliminary criminal probe into the possible involvement of politicians in the Novartis scandal.

The minister was residing with his wife, Ifigeneia Kamtsidou, who is president of the National Centre for Public Administration and Self-Government (EKDDA). Kamtsidou is an associate professor of constitutional law at the University of Thessaloniki.

According to a report on the website, the couple, which hails from Thessaloniki, was making use of a law passed by the Syriza-Independent Greeks coalition that offered rent subsidies to ministers who are not MPs. Parliamentarians who represent provincial districts were already receiving the benefit.

The couple had a combined monthly income from the state of 11,000 euros.