Uncovering the wrongdoers

Recent allegations that Siemens, the Munich-based electrical and industrial engineering giant, paid over 100 million euros in kickbacks to Greek political parties in order to secure telecommunications and other contracts are extremely serious. The scandal surfaced following an investigation into bribery allegations, launched by state authorities in Germany and the United States. Both countries have very tight regulations to fight corruption. Experts have already amassed a considerable volume of evidence. A cautious, in-depth investigation by the Greek authorities will most probably enable them to uncover the identity of the local politicians who received the alleged bribes. For the first time, the Greek authorities are about to expose a scandal. Greek officials should take advantage of the thorough investigation being conducted by their foreign counterparts and reveal the names of the wrongdoers.