Greece: Parliament investigates German subterfuge
4 May 2011
"Germans admit bribes for subs," headlines the English edition of Kathimerini. The Athens daily has obtained access to depositions made by two executives of the German firm Ferrostaal, who admit paying 120 million euros in kickbacks to the Greek government starting in the year 2000. The scandal surrounding the 1.2 billion euro deal for the sale of four 214 Type diesel-electric submarines which is being examined by a court in Munich (Bavaria), will also be investigated by a Greek parliamentary committee. As more evidence emerges, the committee, which met for the first time on 3 May, is expected to shed light on the role played by former Greek defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos. In the meantime Kathimerini notes that in a second case, an Athens prosecutor has filed “bribery charges against unidentified individuals over the purchase in 2002 of 142 trolley buses from the German truck manufacturer MAN AG” – a scandal which has already led to the 2009 resignation of PASOK MP Christos Verelis, who was transport minister when the deal took place.