Wednesday August 27, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
24o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Germans admit bribes for subs

 Former executives put figure at some 120 million euros as parliamentary committee prepares for probe
A parliamentary committee is investigating the controversial submarine deal and particularly the role of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos.

At least 120 million euros was paid in bribes by the German firm that struck a deal with the Greek government for the sale of four navy submarines, according to German court documents seen by Kathimerini.

The parliamentary committee that will investigate the deal, and particularly the role of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, met for the first time on Tuesday, as more details emerged about the alleged corruption involved in the agreement.

Two former executives of Ferrostaal, the Germany firm that was part of the consortium which won the contract, gave depositions in Munich concerning the kickbacks paid to secure the deal, which was worth just over 1.2 billion euros.

According to court documents seen by Kathimerini, the first illicit payment of 32 million euros was made in May 2000. The money was deposited into a Swiss bank account but the two former Ferrostaal employees said they did not know who the recipient was. The executives said their main aim had been to win over a top level official in the Defense Ministry.

Greece ordered the four Type 214 diesel-electric submarines, manufactured by ThyssenKrupp in Germany, between 2001 and 2005. In their deposition, the Ferrostaal officials said that they met Tsochatzopoulos but did not suggest that he received any money directly.

The members of Parliament who will be investigating the ex-defense minister agreed on Tuesday to also look at how all the ministers that succeeded him handled the submarines deal.

Meanwhile, an Athens prosecutor on Tuesday issued bribery charges against unidentified individuals over the purchase in 2002 of 142 trolley buses from the German truck manufacturer MAN AG. The move will now lead to witnesses being called before specific suspects are charged.

Christos Verelis resigned as a PASOK MP in May 2009 after being implicated in the scandal as he was transport minister when the deal took place.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday May 3, 2011 (22:44)  
ND gains one deputy as ousted MP sworn in Lamia mayor
Govt seeks to douse presidency speculation
All change for public transport ticket policy
Coalition leaders to hold final meeting ahead of Paris talks
New property tax details out
Taxpayers will be able to pay off the newly introduced unified property tax (ENFIA) in six installments, while revisions to the tax rates for 4,000 residential areas around Greece will also ...
Minister takes up SMEs cause
Development Minister Nikos Dendias held talks in his Athens office Tuesday with Manfred Weber, the German MEP who heads the European Peoples Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament. On...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Roma signs Greece defender Manolas from Olympiakos for 13 mln
Greece international Kostas Manolas has joined Roma on a 13 million ($17 million) transfer from Olympiakos, as coach Rudi Garcia looks to strengthen his worrisome defense before Serie A sta...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos held in Super League opener, loses striker Berg to injury
Panathinaikos suffered a traumatic debut in the Super League on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Levadiakos and lost star striker Marcus Berg for up to three months. The Swedish pla...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Diplomacy, not dogmatism
A friend who moves comfortably within the circles of the European establishment recently described a particularly interesting experience when he found himself in a discussion behind closed d...
EDITORIAL
Preachers of hatred
Engaging in public dialogue regarding whether the anti-racism bill is mandatory and sensible is both legitimate and necessary at this current point in time. In the meantime, however, regardl...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. ND gains one deputy as ousted MP sworn in Lamia mayor
2. New property tax details out
3. Minister takes up SMEs cause
4. Roma signs Greece defender Manolas from Olympiakos for 13 mln
5. Tender for telecoms upgrade near
6. Govt seeks to douse presidency speculation
more news
Today
This Week
1. ND gains one deputy as ousted MP sworn in Lamia mayor
2. The battle against progress
3. Taxpayers granted six installments to pay property tax
4. Air force jet goes down in northern Greece; pilot believed safe
5. Fighter pilot confirmed safe after plane crashes during exercises
6. De-escalating the tension
Today
This Week
1. Carved sphinxes at Ancient Amphipolis tomb will not be removed
2. Brussels warns Greece over plans to allow construction near Korinos beach
3. Logged out of reality
4. Merkel cites euros construction flaws as economy sputters
5. Second man held over double murder in Mani
6. Greek stock recovery fading away as ASE falls 21 pct on valuations
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.