Greek National Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said on Monday he wants to reopen all cases dealing with armament procurements, recent and old, and would seek to bring people who cheated the Greek state of millions of euros to justice.
In an interview with Greek radio station “Alpha,” Kammenos said, “All files will be reopened; none will be overlooked. We do not plan to hide anything… We cannot have the Greek people bleeding on one side and others hosting parties with armaments [funds] on the other… If some armament procurements [cases] need to go to the prosecutors, they will go.”
The Greek Minister noted that the armed forces’ general staffs should not be handling armament programs. “It’s not possible to have each (defense) Minister’s counselors become the managers of armament systems – in any case, half of them are in jail,” he said.
Asked to comment on the submarine procurement program, he said they were needed but that would not stop the government from locating individuals who made the state lose millions. “Of course we will not stop at (Former Defense Minister Akis) Tsohatzopoulos,” he said, “he paid for everything he did but there are more people. Nobody will enjoy immunity, I can assure you of that.”