Belt­sios held in cus­tody but de­nies han­dling kick­backs

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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.

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