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Syrian businessman denies link to Tsochatzopoulos

A Syrian businessman wanted by Greek authorities in connection with an ongoing investigation into cash-for-arms deals has said that he will cooperate with investigators if the arrest warrant issued against him is recalled, Kathimerini understands.

In a letter signed by Fouad al-Zayat and posted from Lebanon to investigating magistrate Gavriil Mallis, the businessman stated his intention to cooperate. However al-Zayat, who is believed to live in Syria, denied any links to ex-Defense Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and a deal for the sale of Russian Tor-M1 missiles. Greek authorities believe he facilitated the sale by offering kickbacks to the jailed former minister.

I have never met him and on no occasion had dealings with him or his staff, al-Zayat said in the letter, which was seen by Kathimerini. Al-Zayat also denied any links to former Cypriot Interior Minister Dinos Michailidis, who is also in pretrail custody on bribery charges.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday March 11, 2014 (20:09)  
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