Ger­mans will also probe tank deal af­ter bribe claims

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Pros­e­cu­tors in Mu­nich are to in­ves­ti­gate claims that Ger­man firm Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann (KMW) paid bribes to at least one Greek of­fi­cial for the sale of 170 Leop­ard 2 tanks more than a decade ago, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The probe is be­ing launched af­ter Apos­to­los Kan­tas, deputy head of pro­cure­ments at Greece’s De­fense Min­istry be­tween 1996 and 2002, ad­mit­ted that he ac­cepted about 16 mil­lion dol­lars in kick­backs from a num­ber of sup­pli­ers dur­ing his time in of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to Deutsche Welle, KMW has also launched its own in­ter­nal probe into the Leop­ard 2 deal but the com­pany has so far re­jected al­le­ga­tions that bribes were paid as part of the agree­ment. It also points out the sale of the tanks was agreed in 2003, af­ter Kan­tas had left his po­si­tion.

Re­ports also sug­gested that pros­e­cu­tors in Berne, Switzer­land, have lo­cated two bank ac­counts be­long­ing to Kan­tas and are due to fine the lenders in­volved for money laun­der­ing.

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