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Tsochatzopoulos wants PM, ex-premier Simitis called

Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes during the purchase of four German submarines for the Hellenic Navy, has asked the parliamentary committee probing the affair to call all the members of the political and military council that approved the deal, including current Prime Minister George Papandreou, who was then foreign minister, and former Premier Costas Simitis, to give evidence.

Other members of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) that sat between 1998 and 2000, when the deal was rubber-stamped, include current Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos and several serving members of PASOK, from which Tsochatzopoulos has been expelled.

The former minister also asked for copies of all the documents the committee has collected so he can prepare to face the MPs on Tuesday.