Arms sus­pect ad­mits bribes

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A key sus­pect in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bribes al­legedly pock­eted by Greek of­fi­cials in ex­change for se­cur­ing de­fense deals has al­legedly ad­mit­ted to han­dling some 70 mil­lion eu­ros in kick­backs.

In a long de­po­si­tion yes­ter­day, Michalis Matan­tos, a for­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ger­man firm Fer­rostaal, al­legedly pro­vided ju­di­cial of­fi­cials with de­tails of the bank ac­counts that were used to trans­fer bribes linked to a 3-bil­lion-euro sub­ma­rine deal. Matan­tos did not im­pli­cate any politi­cians, how­ever, re­peat­ing claims that bribes went to Sotiris Em­manouil, the for­mer head of the Skara­man­gas ship­yards, and to Yian­nis Belt­sios, an aide to ex-De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los.

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