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Ex Defense Minister Papantoniou remanded in custody for bribes in frigates contract

After a marathon deposition of 20 hours, former Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou was remanded in custody late on Tuesday. Handcuffs were passed also to his wife Stavroula Kourakou. Both face charges for money laundering of 2.800.000 Swiss Francs (2.4 million euros) from kickbacks from the time he was Defense Minister …

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Zaev wins FYROM’s name change vote and sets Greece’s coalition on fire

The Parliament of FYROM approved the proposal to start the process to rename the country’s name into “North Macedonia.” The voting Friday midnight was just the first but important step on the way to NATO and European Union accession. However, the process is lengthy before FYROM can ratify the Prespes …

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SIEMENS bribes: Athens court finds ex PASOK minister Mantelis guilty of money laundering

A never ending legal story finally ended  – or not? A criminal appeals court in Athens found former PASOK Transportation Minister, Tassos Mantelis, guilty of money laundering for having accepted bribes of 450,000 DM (230,000 euros) by SIEMENS. The court, however, lowered  the prison sentence imposed on him to five …

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Ex Health Minister says he was offered kickbacks by pharma for vaccines

Former New Democracy Health Minister, Giorgos Sourlas, said he was offered kickbacks by a pharmaceutical company in order to market vaccines. Speaking to state ERT TV, the former minister said he was offered 500 million Drachmas* in order to market last generation vaccines for hepatitis. “It happened once, I was …

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Tsipras asks Swiss President to release millions euros seized from Greeks’ accounts in Switzerland

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked Doris Leuthard, the President of Swiss Federation for the release of Greek assets in Switzerland. The amount totaling  30 million Swiss francs (27.5 million euros) was blocked by Swiss prosecutors in 2012, when the scandal of bribery involving Greek politicians broke out. Tsipras …

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Ex Defense Minister Tsochatzopoulos released from prison after 5 years

The five-member Court of Appeals for Felonies decided to release from prison former PASOK Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos due to health reasons.Akis Tsochatzopoulos was convicted to 20 years imprisonment for bribes and money laundering. Total time he spent in prison is five years. By a majority of three to two …

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Corruption prosecutor resigns, claiming she was targeted over pharma company probe

Greece’s corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou submitted her resignation on Friday claiming she was being targeted by “unofficial power centres” due to her investigation of alleged extensive bribery of state officials by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis. Eleni Raikou has been holding this position since 213. Greece’s Corruption Prosecutor Eleni Raikou resigned …

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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 …

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Prosecutors raid offices of Novartis in Athens over alleged bribery scandal

Corruption prosecutors raided the offices of Swiss drug maker Novartis in Athens a few days ago as part of an ongoing investigation over bribery allegations, sources told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Tuesday. According to the same sources, the prosecutors requested a thorough search to gather electronic data and documents …

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