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Athens: Ex PASOK Defence Minister, acting Golden Dawn MP stand trial

Athens courts have a busy day on Monday with prominent defenders appearing before the judges. Former defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos (PASOK) stands trial for inaccurate income declarations of the past. Is this a reason to stand trial? No. The main reason for Tsochatzopoulos to be in custody since April 2012 are …

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Greece To Chase “Corrupt” SIEMENS Executives?

There is an interesting development in the Greece- SIEMENS bribes scandal coming from Germany. According to a report by Sueddeutsche Zeitung/The Local.de, Greek judiciary is to pursue elven executives of SIEMENS on charges of bribing Greek politicians and public officials. Moreover Greece plans even to issue an international arrest warrant …

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Greek Businessman Accused of Bribery in TOR-M1 Found Dead in Indonesia

Vlassis Kambouroglou, 60, managing director of Drumilan International has been found dead on Saturday in his hotel room in Jakarta, Indonesia. In a story that reads like a modern times novel written together by John Le Carre and Graham Greene, some Greek media claim that Kambouroglou had committed suicide while …

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Dozens Greeks Willing to Return Illegal Social Benefits

Dozens Greeks are apparently willing to return the social benefits that they illegally obtained fro several years after several government bodies run a severe cross-checking. Speaking to VIMA FM, Athens deputy mayor Kalliopi Giannopoulou said that these false “beneficiarie”s seek the municipality and request to return the money in installments. However, no solution …

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Development Minister “Sacks” 37 Civil Servants After Bribes Scandal

 Newly appointed Development Minister Anna Diamantopoulou took some rigorous decision: She asked 37 civil servants incl. their supervisors at the ministry’s Private Investment Department to resign and ordered the inspector of public administration to open their bank accounts and investigate their assets from 2005 until today. Greek Development, Competitiveness and …

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SIEMENS – Greece Reach Deal Over Bribes Scandal

A big apology, investments in Greece, 700 new jobs and scholarships is the compensation that the giant SIEMENS will pay to Greece for the bribes it gave fro several decades to secure public contracts. The compensation list includes also  170 million euro in cash and a statement of support that …

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Thoedorakis: The Truth About Greece – Open Letter to International Public Opinion

Finally I got the open letter to International public opinion written by famous music composer, politician and anti-memorandum activist Mikis Theodorakis. This is “the truth about Greece” is the title of the letter, where Theorodakis gives his own explanation about  the dire situation Greece experience nowadays. A current situation with a long past.  One might not agree …

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US Medical Device Company to Pay $22M For Bribing Greek Public Doctors

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged medical device company Smith & Nephew under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribing Greek public doctors over more than a decade. Smith & Nephew will pay more than $22 million as part of a deal with the SEC …

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Financial Crimes Units Investigate Bribes in Athens … Morgue

I would have never thought that one has to pay bribes also for the dead. But Greek reality shows that also this can happen. Financial Crimes Units (SDOE) took under the magnifying glass the bank accounts of staff working at the Mortuary in Athens. The investigation followed a report by …

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Is Greece’s Odious Debt growing? Comverse Technology – OTE

Feeling like reading about another alleged bribes scandal? Bloomberg has it. And Yes, it involves another state company. The Hellenic Telecommunications Organization OTE. According to Bloomberg, it involves the New York-based Comverse Technology, a voice-mail software maker, currently under investigation for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the US Justice Department. The …

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Athens Metro: German Rail bribed hand in hand with Siemens?

This post would also worth to bear the title “How Germany ruined Greece economically” or what is Germany’s contribution to Greece’s economical collapse”. Yes! I’d love a satanic “hehe” here…  German weekly DER SPIEGEL brings into the spot light another bribes scandal. This time involved is the DBI – Deutsche Bundesbahn …

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Greek survey: Corruption worst than Unemployment

Corruption is Greece’s worst problem, however most Greeks see nothing wrong with paying bribes if they need do, a survey disclosed. A third of Greeks believe that corruption is the country’s biggest problem but more than half see nothing wrong in bribing a public servant if they have to. The …

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Greek Surgeon detained for 500 euro “Fakelaki”

A state hospital surgeon was arrested Monday afternoon in Thessaloniki and is to be charged with ‘ passive corruption” for taking 500 euros for a surgery. According to a complain filed by a patient’s wife the surgeon had demanded 500 euro ‘fakelaki’ in order to operate her husbands. The wife had informed …

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Austerity hits Greek Corruption, too – Fakelaki Price List in times of Recession

IMF /EU imposed austerity measures have hit not only employees, pensioners and entrepreneurs. The strong recession also dumped the prices in the corruption prices lists.  Doctors and Tax officers saw themselves forced to lower the prices for infamous  but famous Greek fakelaki* as their ‘customers’ declared economic unable to be as generous as …

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Athens: People protest outside Ex Ministers’ House (pcts, video)

About 1,500 people gathered outside the house of former minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and shouted slogans like  “Thieves, thieves!” and “Aki, bring the money back!”. The rest of the slogans were really …inspiring however  a translation would not bring the rhyme spirit into English. Some protesters left massages at the house entrance urging him …

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