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Ex-Greek Defense procurement chief Antonis Kantas has revealed widespread bribery
Ex-Greek Defense procurement chief Antonis Kantas has revealed widespread bribery

The widening scandal in the Greek defense ministry is set to take another turn on Jan. 2 when a key suspect, Panayiotis Eftathiou, said to be a middleman between Greek officials and German arms manufacturers is set to testify in court.

Eftathiou, 83, was identified by the star witness Antonis Kantas, the ex-deputy head of procurements at the Defense Ministry between 1996 and 2002, who said Efthatiou played a key role in transferring millions of euros in kickbacks.

Another suspect, arms dealer Dimitris Papachristos, 78, is to face an investigating magistrate on Jan. 3 His lawyers have claimed he suffers from amnesia and he can’t remember everything.

Kantas served two former defense ministers, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who is serving a 20-year term for money laundering after a conviction on charges of stealing hundreds of millions of euros from defense contracts, and Yannis Papantoniou, who is being prosecuted for failing to declare the source of his wealth.

Kantas said he got some $16 million for his role in arranging the bribe scheme to pay off ministry officials. He has named some others, but no politically-related figures. Kantas returned seven million euros ($9.62 million) to the government and his lawyer said they are trying to arrange for the return of the rest, squirreled away in a Singapore bank account.

Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said the money would go toward “covering shortfalls in the health and education sectors.”


1 COMMENT

  1. Kantas is a small fish in a big pond of Political corruption by the 2 “Criminal Gangs” from PASOK and New Democracy Parties who are running a government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who created all these problems today.

    It was PASOK & ND Parties who created all the financial problems in Greece
    by their corrupt rule and mismanagement– (Akis Tzahadzopolous and Yiannos
    Papantoniou are ex-MPs from PASOK who are an example of their horrific
    corruption).

    1.) Why isn’t PASOK’s MP Venizelos in jail for hiding the Legarde List 2 years
    in his home? And what about Venizelos’ controversial submarine bribery deal, he
    signed in 2010?

    2.) Why isn’t PASOK’s Finance MP Papconstantiou in jail for removing his
    relative’s names on the List?

    3.) What about PASOK & ND Parties still owing 250 million Euros to the
    Banks in phony loans they have not paid back a penny yet?

    4.) What about Health Minister Georgiades who got caught cheating on his taxes
    the other day and was let off with a minor fine of 1200 Euros. Whys is he still
    a Minister and not fired??

    5.) Why aren’t Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his sister Dora in jail after taking
    BRIBES from Seimens?

    It seems to me the Gov’t and Press here is using ANYTHING as a DISTRACTION to
    take attention away from the Massive Crimes these two corrupt Parties have
    committed as well as Treason against the whole Greek nation after 39 years of
    corrupt rule– They MUST ALL BE IMPEACHED and JAILED for high crimes against the Greek People and State!.. TIME TO VOTE THESE ROTTING POLITICIANS OUT & put them in jail for Life for “High Treason” against Greece !