Busi­ness­men linked to arms kick­backs to be sum­moned

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An in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate is ex­pected to sum­mon two Greek busi­ness­man in the com­ing days who have been linked to al­leged kick­backs worth 5.5 mil­lion euros for the pur­chase of Su­per Puma he­li­copters, in­clud­ing 1.6 mil­lion euros that was found in an off­shore ac­count in the name of right-wing LAOS leader Gior­gos Karatzaferis, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

Apart from the busi­ness­men, Alexan­dros Tsat­sos and Stavros Komnopou­los, the mag­is­trate Gavriil Mal­lis is to call three re­tired army of­fi­cers who have also been linked to the pur­chase. One of the three, Yian­nis Ram­mos, was deputy re­gional gov­er­nor of western Greece un­til last Mon­day when he re­signed in the wake of the al­le­ga­tions. The mag­is­trate is not only ex­am­in­ing the Su­per Puma deal, which was signed in 2000 when the de­fense min­is­ter was Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, now in prison for money laun­der­ing. The probe is also fo­cused on the pur­chase of Ex­o­cet anti-ship mis­siles, sources said.

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