Germany Probes Greek Arms Sales

The German Leopard 2 tank tied to the Greek defense scandal
The German Leopard 2 tank tied to the Greek defense scandal

The growing scandal in the Greek defense ministry, with witnesses alleging widespread corruption and bribery involving foreign arms contracts, has led German investigators to look into deals involving the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), identified in testimony before Greek magistrates as paying bribes to at least one Greek official for the sale of 170 Leopard 2 tanks more than a decade ago.

The probe is being launched after Apostolos Kantas, deputy head of procurements at Greece’s Defense Ministry between 1996 and 2002, admitted that he accepted about $16 million in kickbacks from a number of suppliers during his time in office.

According to Deutsche Welle, KMW has also launched its own internal probe into the Leopard 2 deal but the company has so far rejected allegations that bribes were paid as part of the agreement. It also points out the sale of the tanks was agreed in 2003, after Kantas had left his position.

Reports also suggested that prosecutors in Berne, Switzerland, have located two bank accounts belonging to Kantas and are due to fine the lenders involved for money laundering.

Two other witnesses who prosecutors said were middlemen arranging and paying the bribes have been talking to Greek investigators as well, with one alleging that the two former chiefs of staff of the Greek Army and Navy were on the take too.


  1. It’s obvious that German companies bribed corrupt Greek government officials on a massive scale over the last few decades in exchange for these officials granting these German companies overpriced contracts. All of these corrupt Greek officials were either New Democracy and PASOK MP’s or New Democracy and PASOK approved military officials. New Democracy and PASOK are criminal organizations that have systematically looted Greece for 40 years and continue doing so. Today these two previously competing crime syndicates have united in a coalition regime that Greeks have appropriately nicknamed the Venizelos-Samaras Junta.

  2. We read reports and act as if bribes are new to the arms industry. This has been going on long before there was gunpowder. It is one of the dirtiest of businesses in the world next to human and drug trafficking.

  3. The entire world except for a tiny clique of pro Venizelos-Samaras Junta extremists such as yourself, can see that New Democracy and PASOK have destroyed Greece’s moral, economic and social fabric.