Magistrates call 13 in Siemens probe

Three magistrates investigating the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal have summoned 13 former executives of the German-based company to defend themselves on criminal charges, Kathimerini understands.

According to sources, the magistrates Maria Nikolakea, Yiannis Fiorakis and Nikos Pipiligas have summoned the former employees, who worked for Siemens between 1998 and 2004. Among them are the company’s former chairman, two former members of the central board and high-ranking executives from the company’s telecommunications department.

The suspects, whose names were not released, face charges of money laundering and bribe-taking in connection to a contract with Greece’s state telecoms operator, OTE. The suspects have been asked to present themselves to the magistrates by June or July at the latest otherwise warrants will be issued for their arrest.