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Novartis Hellas to pay $225 million to resolve U.S. bribery charges

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that Novartis Hellas, a Greece-based unit of the Swiss drugmaker, entered a deferred prosecution agreement and will pay a $225 million criminal fine. Novartis will also pay $112.8 million to settle related civil charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Novartis …

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Novartis investigation: FBI documents submitted to Greece’s Parliament

Documents of the American justifiable authorities and the FBI that investigated Swiss pharmaceutical company NOVARITS were submitted by the Deputy Prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Ioannis Aggelis, to the president and the members of the special parliamentary committee for preliminary examination. The documents had been requested by the special committee, …

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Ex ND Justice Minister: Bribery is minister’s duties

Former Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou (ND) stunned Greeks when he openly admitted on Thursday that “kickbacks are among a minister’s duties.” The ex New Democracy minister was speaking live to state broadcaster ERT TV when he made this unbelievable statement. As the topic was the Novartis-Gate, Athanasiou was asked whether …

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PASOK received 16bn Drachmas in funds by private companies, says ex official

“I want to apologize to the Greek people, the voters who supported us, the Greek Justice, and the 12 people who were unwittingly involved in getting the money from Siemens for the party.” Former PASOK official Theodoros Tsoukatos said during his apology in the courtroom handling the bribes SIEMENS paid …

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Hospital doctor arrested for €3,000 in bribes by pauper cancer patient

A chief surgeon at a big hospital in Athens was arrested on Friday, after a cancer patient filed a complaint to police that the doctor had extorted a total of 3,000 euros. The 50-year-old doctor is well-known in Athens and is working at the Ippokrateio Public Hospital. During a police …

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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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