Beltsios held in custody but denies handling kickbacks
Yiannis Beltsios, a former close associate of exDefense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, was remanded in custody on Saturday despite denying allegations that he acted as a middleman between arms companies and public officials in the payment of bribes. Beltsios was brought before magistrates based on testimony given in Germany. He insisted, however, that he had a purely professional relationship with the German industrial group that sold four submarines to the Hellenic Navy. Beltsios said that he worked for the company as a consultant in Greece between 2000 and 2003 and that he was paid a total of 300,000 Deutsche marks for his work. He insists that this payment was declared to Greek tax authorities and that no suspect transfers to his accounts have been discovered.