New Evidence, Prosecutions in Armaments Bribary Scandal


New incriminating evidence has come to light in the Greek armaments bribery scandal, implicating many state employees, politicians and businessmen. A list found during a search of Dimitris Papachristos’ office, former representative of German weapons manufacturer Krauss Maffei-Wegmann, points to additional money trails and companies which have until today managed to remain out of the frame. Papachristos was arrested some time ago on charges relating to bribery and corruption.

Later on Wednesday, former deputy director of armaments at the Ministry of Defense during the tenure of Akis Tsochatzopoulos, Antonis Kantas, is scheduled to appear before the prosecutor, where he is expected to present new evidence regarding the purchase of PZ90 machine guns from the German manufacturer. The Greek prosecutors Spyros Georgouleas and Christoforos Markou have also summoned Papachristos’ son, who appears to be the manager of two offshore companies which may have been involved in money laundering for Kantas, of over €600,000.

Greek judicial officials are also expected to summon their first German citizen in relation to the bribery scandal, the vice president of the weapons manufacturer at the time of the deals, Olaf Eschler. He appears to have received bribes from Papachristos via Switzerland.

Greek-Swiss banker Fanis Lyginos has also been called by the prosecutors, as he appears to have helped the former armaments director to launder bribe money in various Swiss bank accounts. According to Kantas’ testimony, Lyginos regularly visited Greece with the explicit intention of participating in the laundering of million-euro bribes in the scandals currently being investigated by Greek authorities.

From the evidence so far, it seems that the implicated companies were extremely “generous” towards the accused, since even Kantas, who was at the bottom of the ladder in terms of bribes, is reported to have received at least €12 million. Although having returned about €10 million, other huge amounts received by himself and other accomplices still remain accounted for.

Kantas has stated his intention to cooperate with the Greek authorities, however according to his lawyers, his testimony today is not expected to be particular fruitful.



  1. Greek, bribery & corruption…..flows so easily when you say it.

    Oliver Stone should make a movie..

  2. That’s all about this fake “Grease” – even in the best of times it cannot function as a normal economy without hefty and regular loan injections from abroad.

    Today NO ONE has a geopolitical need for fake “Grease”, and evolutions in the Eurozone have put an END to cheap Euro-credit.

    Fake “Grease” is therefore left with a debt well over 200% of its GDP and no hope at the horizon.

    It’s only a question of time for this empty bubble to pop-up…

  3. The country is a basket case…Greece has no future..Our country is for sale to the highest bidder…Unfortunately Greece is joke..and our leaders are not much better…

  4. Are you ashamed of your ethnic Bulgarian heritage?

    “How can a Macedonian want anything other than liberty, where we can speak our Bulgarian language freely, celebrate our Bulgarian culture, and practice our christian faith in freedom.” – “Macedonian” national hero Krste Misirkov

  5. When we have so many whining cowards that expend no effort defending their own country from those threatening their own families with ethnic erasure what do people expect?. Take for instance the useless whiners that can see racist Skopians this website, and say absolutely nothing in condemn them.

  6. We know that…
    But hey – there’s a good knews: this fake “Greex” Mumbo-Jumbo will be finished soon!

  7. Misinterpreting the words of others without supplying the link of the source is of no help to Afropitecuses like you:

    “Furthermore, in order to carry out their egoistic designs and land themselves with a cushy job, they are prepared to show themselves greater Bulgars than the Bulgars themselves, they are ready to take on the role of Bulgarian chauvinists, to exploit the Bulgar Prince, the interests of the Macedonians, the interests of the Bulgar people and European public opinion; in short, to lie all round and to hide their lies behind the excuse that they are performing some patriotic duty while they are in fact bent on getting a good job and on winning power and popularity. ”

    K.P.Misirkov: ‘On Macedonian Matters. National separatism’

  8. It is cowards like you that are misinterpreting words but cutting out the rest of what he says. Accredited Historians around the world well know you used to call yourselves Bulgarians. (which is attested to by you language, your location, your names and your SLAVIC last names)

    Here are more words by your ethnic BULGARIAN national hero Kirste Misirkov that your master Gruevski and Risto hide from you.

    The population of Skopje is pure Bulgarian.

    “Macedonians means only Macedonian Bulgarians”

    “Who is against a greater Bulgaria is against Slavism”

    “Some will ask why I speak of breaking away from the Bulgarians when in the past we have even called
    ourselves Bulgarians ”

    “The only Macedonian Slavs who played a leading part in the uprising were those who called themselves Bulgarians.”

    “Come what may, our separation from the Bulgarians…”

    “We did indeed call ourselves “Bulgarians” and “Christians” in the national sense”

    “The first objection — that a Macedonian Slav nationality has never existed — may be very simply answered as follows: what has not existed in the past may still be brought into existence later, provided that the appropriate historical circumstances arise.”

    “We are Bulgarian more than the Bulgarians in Bulgaria. The Serbian not only want to colonize Macedonia with Serbs from other part of Yugoslavia, but they wish to kill our Bulgarian consciousness”

    “The population of Skopje is pure Bulgarian.”

    “No matter whether we call ourselves Bulgarians or Macedonians we shall always feel as a
    nationality with a Bulgarian national consciousness”

  9. An obvious Slav fraud that claims to be related to ancient Greek Macedonians talking about “fake” and “mumbo jumbo” isn’t very believable.

    “We are Slavs. There’s no connection between us and Alexander the Great. ” – Kiro Gligorov, President of FYROM

  10. What’s fascinated is how the people that “recognized’ you obvious frauds as “Macedonians”, all play pretend they don’t notice your little transformation into ancient Macedonians and using that to threaten our soverign country. The moment you (and they) did that, you lost every last shred of credibility on the matter.

    One doesn’t need a history book to observe conscious frauds in the here and now.

    “We do not claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great.’ – FYROM’S Ambassador Ljubica Acevshka,
    speech to US representatives, Washington DC, January 22 1999

  11. Unfortunately, in Greece today we have 2 “Criminal Gangs” from PASOK and New
    Democracy Parties running a government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who
    created all these problems today with the corrupt Germans and Swiss Bankers.

    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

    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 and
    TREASON against the Greek People and State!

  12. HOW DID ALL YOU IDIOTS manage to totally go off the subject of this “Armaments Scandal”FROM which has nothing to do with BRIBES buying Weapons???
    It is people like you who are confusing Greeks from moving forward to combat these Corrupt Bribe taking Greek Businessmen & Politicians– WAKE UP!

  13. Yeah guys totally off topic with this article. But since we are all off topic I will add that if FYROM claims exclusive right to the name and associate its identity and ethnicity somehow to Macedonian, then explain to me why you do not speak your native language…GREEK. It confuses me how one who is Macedonian and associates history and ethnicity to it does not speak their language and why they have Slavic names and ethnic customs?

  14. You repeat the same garbage over and over again. No Greek with half a brain believes you are Greek. You are an antihellenic foreign fraud that comes here pretending to be Greek.

  15. Why don’t you go to your own country’s forum and leave the Greek people? If you must stay here is remotely possible for you to write something other than same retarded cut and paste comments?

  16. The Skopians started their rants. The antihellenes like worldfixer tell us to murder other Greeks with calls for “executions” and “hangings”

    WORLDFIXER IS NOT GREEK. He is a foreign nationalist hostile to Greeks that is just trying to manipulate Greeks into fighting with other Greeks.

  17. You talking about false and fake? The whole world laugh at your ambitions about ancestry.You are the biggest pretenders of all pretenders Bulgarophone Scopian.The Bulgarians are a great nation.I don’t understand why you looking down on them.Besides they are civilized.You can learn a lot from them.They can teach you to clean your Scopian toilets that stink to high heaven which is a common knowledge among travelers. Truly if you nursing ambitions to become a true Greek Macedonian at least learn basic civilities