Antonis Kantas, former deputy general manager of armament, during 1996-2002 (with Minister of Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos and then Yannos Papantoniou), was arrested for the second time. He is now accused of money laundering. Kantas will submit his defense Tuesday.
Kantas was arrested after a document of the anti-money laundering authorities was handed to the Court of First Instance Prosecutor. The document provides evidence that 13.7 million dollars was identified in a bank in Singapore. It appears that this amount was sent there by two off shore companies whose manager was Antonis Kantas.
His arrest may lead to the uncovering of other amounts given as bribes that were until now, unknown to the investigating authorities.
Kantas was the deputy general manager of the Directorate of Armaments of the Defense Ministry. Last September he was arrested by the authorities, during the investigation for the armament program “Hermes 2,” as 500,000 euros, deriving from Siemens was found in his account.
It appears that Kantas received this amount from the offshore company Martha Holdings, which was used for the illegal transferring of money from Siemens to government officials in Greece. The owner of the company was Prodromos Mavridis, a former executive in Siemens Hellas.
He was then accused of bribery but released under conditions.