Ger­man arms firm raided as part of probe into bribes

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Ger­man pros­e­cu­tors on Thurs­day searched the Mu­nich of­fices of Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann (KMW) in con­nec­tion to the al­leged pay­ment of bribes to Greek of­fi­cials over the sale of 170 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 self-pro­pelled how­itzers at least a decade ago, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Sources said that the raid was launched as part of a Ger­man in­ves­ti­ga­tion but also fol­low­ing a re­quest for more in­for­ma­tion from pros­e­cu­tors in Greece.

The two

con­tracts

were worth a com­bined 1.9 bil­lion euros, mak­ing KMW one of the Greek state’s big­gest arms sup­pli­ers. Sources told Kathimerini that pros­e­cu­tors in Ger­many have been fol­low­ing the money trail and be­lieve they have traced pay­ments that were made in or­der to bribe of­fi­cials.

The re­quest for in­for­ma­tion from Athens came in the wake of pros­e­cu­tors ques­tion­ing An­to­nis Kan­tas, the for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary for pro­cure­ments who has ad­mit­ted to re­ceiv­ing bribes from for­eign arms sup­pli­ers.

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