Pros­e­cu­tor seeks trial for 64 in Siemens bribery scan­dal

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A pros­e­cu­tor rec­om­mended yes­ter­day that 64 peo­ple face bribery and money laun­der­ing charges in con­nec­tion with the Siemens cash­for-con­tracts scan­dal fol­low­ing an eight-year probe that did not, how­ever, im­pli­cate any politi­cians.

Fi­nan­cial pros­e­cu­tor Gali­nos Bris sent his 2,368-page re­port to a coun­cil of judges which will make a fi­nal decision on whether the sus­pects should stand trial over the so-called 8002 con­tract, for Siemens to dig­i­tize OTE tele­com’s net­work. The sus­pects are said to in­clude 19 Siemens and 14 OTE tele­com ex­ec­u­tives. It is al­leged that nearly 70 mil­lion euros in bribes were paid to se­cure the deal.

The only Greek politi­cian to have been con­victed in con­nec­tion with the scan­dal is ex-Trans­port Min­is­ter Tasos Man­telis, who was given a three-year sus­pended prison sen­tence in 2011 after be­ing found to have ac­cepted pay­ments of 450,000 Deutsche Marks (230,000 euros) from Siemens be­tween 1998 and 2000.

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