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More than €4million in ‘kickbacks’ money returned to Greek state

More than four million euros in “kickbacks” money have been transferred to a bank account of the Greek government in January. The money is part of kickbacks paid for procurement of armament programs.

Minister of Justice Stavros Kontonis said that the total amount of €4,313,675 has been transferred to the special account of the Greek government at the Bank of Greece.

According to reports, the money was transferred by a partner of the former director for procurement at the Greek Defense Ministry Giannis Smbokos.  The former director has been convicted for money laundering.

“The amount of 4,313,675 euros coming from the crime of passive corruption  to the detriment of the Greek state has been transferred to the special bank account in January 2017,” Kontonis said in a statement adding that the money was in connection of armament programs.

The account was opened in January 2014 for the purpose of deposit money derived form criminal activities against the state, the minister said.

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