Thursday August 28, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
24o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
De-mining NGO tied to fund fraud worth 9 mln euros

Greek police said on Monday they have smashed a racket centered around a nongovernmental organization that swindled 9 million euros in state money intended for de-mining operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Lebanon.

The head of the International De-mining Center, which was relocated from Greece to Cyprus last year, has been detained on fraud charges, the police’s press spokesman, Christos Parthenis, told reporters. Another seven people – including the detained chief’s wife as well as three current and three former members of the diplomatic service, are being sought, Parthenis said, adding that the scam was “one of the biggest cases of fraud against the Greek state and money laundering to date.”

The head of the center, a former journalist, is alleged to have purchased four properties, three in Athens and one on Rhodes, and to have been living in a luxury villa in Vrilissia, an affluent northern suburb of Athens, with his family.

The NGO is alleged to have secured 9 million euros in state funding between 2000 and 2004, ostensibly for de-mining operations in Bosnia, Lebanon and Iraq.

According to police, the money was illegally obtained as the NGO did not meet funding conditions. Staff recruited by the NGO in the countries where the de-mining was to be carried out were obliged to return up to 30 percent of their salaries in bogus donations to the organization, police said. That money was used to help the NGO cover a 25-percent stake in the projects, meeting the condition for the Greek state to finance the remaining 75 percent.

Police sources added that Greek Embassy officials in countries where the de-mining was to be carried out did not monitor implementation of the operations. It remained unclear whether the operations were actually implemented in the three countries.

ekathimerini.com , Monday February 17, 2014 (21:47)  
Minister sees no need for university dismissals
Visitor numbers to Greece´s most important sites and museums grow
Coalition leaders brief ministers on strategy for troika talks
Jailed terrorist was preparing bomb, police say
Less property tax in the future, says finance minister
The government will commit itself to a gradual reduction in the future payments expected of taxpayers for the country’s new property tax, ENFIA, as long as Greece’s tax base widens, Finance ...
New development bank mulled
The government is examining the prospect of transforming ETEAN, the National Fund for Entrepreneurship and Growth, into a new operation that could serve as a development bank and also absorb...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Ranieri brings in new faces for his first Greece squad
New Greece coach Claudio Ranieri announced Wednesday a 24-man squad for the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania at home on September 7. Earning a first time call up were Olympiakos 21-...
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...
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. Less property tax in the future, says finance minister
2. Minister sees no need for university dismissals
3. New development bank mulled
4. Visitor numbers to Greece´s most important sites and museums grow
5. Coalition leaders brief ministers on strategy for troika talks
6. Jailed terrorist was preparing bomb, police say
more news
Today
This Week
1. ND gains one deputy as ousted MP sworn in Lamia mayor
2. Draghi soothes bond market after summer of strife
3. Ryanair to submit bid for Cyprus Airways
4. Venizelos hails Gaza ceasefire
5. ND honorary president taken to hospital
6. Bishop Vartholomaios of Megara and Salamina dies
Today
This Week
1. Brussels warns Greece over plans to allow construction near Korinos beach
2. Logged out of reality
3. Merkel cites euro’s ‘construction flaws’ as economy sputters
4. Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man needing surgery
5. Second man held over double murder in Mani
6. Purification rituals
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.