Case opens into cor­po­rate bribery at state hos­pi­tals

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An anti-cor­rup­tion mag­is­trate is to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ev­i­dence that ap­pears to show a sec­ond ortho­pe­dic equip­ment man­u­fac­turer bribed doc­tors at Greek hos­pi­tals to fa­vor their prod­ucts, cost­ing tax­pay­ers mil­lions of euros.

Sources did not re­veal the name of the company or the amount in­volved but said that a pre­lim­i­nary probe by pros­e­cu­tor Gior­gos Kaloudis had found ev­i­dence of bribery and money laun­der­ing. The case will now be han­dled by mag­is­trate Niko­las Tsiro­nis.

Au­thor­i­ties found in­di­ca­tions of bribery while in­ves­ti­gat­ing DePuy, a sub­sidiary of US health­care gi­ant John­son & John­son, which is also ac­cused of brib­ing Greek doc­tors.

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