Fine for Siemens

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Out­go­ing Jus­tice Min­is­ter Haris Kas­tani­dis said yes­ter­day that he had pre­pared the pa­per­work for the Greek branch of Siemens to be fined fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that it bribed of­fi­cials to se­cure con­tracts.

Kas­tani­dis, who was re­placed by Mili­tiadis Pa­paioan­nou at the Jus­tice Min­istry, said Greece was ready to im­pose a heavy fine on Siemens Hel­las. “All you will have to do is sign it,” Kas­tani­dis told his suc­ces­sor be­fore tak­ing over at the In­te­rior Min­istry.

He did not give de­tails about the size of the fine or how the fine would be col­lected. Ear­lier this year, the gov­ern­ment had sug­gested it was close to reach­ing an out-of-court set­tle­ment with the com­pany. Ju­di­cial and par­lia­men­tary probes have yet to lead to any­one be­ing con­victed of of­fer­ing or ac­cept­ing bribes.

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