Ex-Defense Ministry official charged with bribery released on bail

The former general secretary for procurements at the Defense Ministry, Antonios Kantas, who is alleged to have accepted 500,000 euros from German electronics and engineering giant Siemens, was granted bail on Tuesday after appearing before a magistrate in Athens.

Kantas was ordered not to leave the country and to appear at his local police precinct three times a week, as well as putting up bail of 500,000 euros.

The payment from Siemens is alleged to have been made into a Swiss bank account in Kantas’s name in connection with a Greek program for the modernization of the armed forces’ telecommunications system in 1999.

Kantas was at the Defense Ministry when Akis Tsochatzopoulos, currently facing money-laundering charges, was defense minister.