Former Greek PM to Testify in Court for Armament Kickbacks Scandal



akis-708_0It was an awkward moment when former PASOK Ministers, including Prime Minister Costas Simitis, met at the Court of Appeals as witnesses in the trial of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is imprisoned for receiving substantial armament kickbacks.

Simitis, current PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, former Minister Vasso Papandreou and Tsochatzopoulos exchanged cold handshakes. “Good morning, President,” said Tsochatzopoulos to Simitis who coldly shook his hand without saying anything. The top former PASOK members have often exchanged bitter comments since they stopped being in office.

It should be noted that it is the first time a former Prime Minister takes the witness stand in a trial where a former Minister of his administration is being tried.

The depositions of the former Ministers and Simitis will be taken later as prosecution witnesses will be heard first. Simitis is scheduled to testify on May 13, Papandreou and former Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou will testify on May 20 and army chiefs will be heard on May 27.

The court hearing on the armaments procurement programs case examines if Tsochatzopoulos had received bribes in order to favor arm deals from specific companies.


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  1. Current PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos hid the Lagarde list in his home for 2 years, he should also be facing corruption charges in court. New Democracy and PASOK took turns looting Greece between November 1974 to January 2015, even forming a corrupt coalition government that GD appropriately nicknamed “Nea-Pasokratia.” New Democracy owes €105 million to the state-operated ATEbank, which had to be taken over by Piraeus bank because of bad loans, and €15 million to Piraeus Bank. PASOK borrowed €97 million from ATEbank, along with €22 million from Attica Bank, €10 million from Marfin and €5 million from Piraeus. WHERE has all this money gone?

    PASOK and New Democracy qualify as a criminal organizations based on the criteria set out in the Treaty of Palermo which Greece is a signatory to. Treaty of Palermo defines a criminal organization as a group that functions to make financial profit via illegal means.

    Why won’t New Democracy and PASOK agree to allow the Greek police financial crime squad SDOE to investigate their party finances? The ONLY political party in the Greek parliament that has had its finances thoroughly investigated by SDOE and found to be completely clean and legitimate is Golden Dawn.

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