Cor­rup­tion probes ready to bear fruit

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The ar­rest last week of busi­ness­man Thomas Li­ak­ounakos on charges that he bribed politi­cians as part of an arms deal more than a decade ago is likely to mark the be­gin­ning of a wide-rang­ing crack­down by pros­e­cu­tors on cor­rup­tion in public life, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

In the com­ing weeks, pros­e­cu­tors are ex­pected to bring crim­i­nal charges against in­di­vid­u­als im­pli­cated in sev­eral state de­fense deals. The pros­e­cu­tors are await­ing re­sponses to hun­dreds of ap­peals to ju­di­cial author­i­ties for ac­cess to bank ac­counts and off­shore firms in Switzer­land, Monaco, Aus­tria and Ger­many. The ma­jor­ity of the most ad­vanced cases re­late to de­fense deals signed in the decade from 2000 to 2010, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

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