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Judges could probe Siemens metro contracts

The government is considering launching an investigation into the awarding of contracts for the signaling systems of the Athens metro to Siemens Hellas, sources told Kathimerini on Wednesday.

A committee of judges will be asked to look at the contracts awarded to the company to provide signaling equipment for the extension of lines 2 and 3, sources said.

Seven metro stations, which were due to open to the public this summer, are not likely to be available to commuters until some time in 2012 because of the ongoing legal wrangle between the government and Siemens, metro executives told Kathimerini last week.

Three new stations on Line 1 of the metro system (Peristeri, Anthoupoli and Haidari) and four on Line 2 (Ilioupoli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and Elliniko) were due to be open by June but the government is not willing to renew the signaling contract with Siemens so the work can be completed.