Ex-minister’s appeal against Siemens sentence adjourned until Nov 25

An Athens appeals court began hearing on Monday an appeal by Former Transport Minister Tassos Mantelis against his sentence for failing to declare cash he received from German electronics and engineering giant Siemens. But the hearing was adjourned until November 25.

Mantelis was handed a three-year suspended sentence in 2011 for submitting a false source-of-wealth declaration.

The ex-minister admitted receiving money from Siemens but said it was an election campaign contribution rather than a bribe.

Mantelis accepted the equivalent of about 200,000 euros from Siemens. He is alleged to have been paid the money to help Siemens secure a contract with OTE telecoms in 1997.