Sec­ond busi­ness­man ar­rested in de­fense probe

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Cor­rup­tion pros­e­cu­tor Nikos Tsiro­nis yesterday is­sued three new ar­rest war­rants as part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mil­lions of eu­ros’ worth of kick­backs paid in ar­ma­ment pro­cure­ments and par­tic­u­larly for anti-tank mis­siles. Within hours, prom­i­nent busi­ness­man and arms dealer Con­stanti­nos Dafer­mos was ar­rested along with his son and a close as­so­ciate. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was prompted over a year ago by rev­e­la­tions made by An­to­nis Kan­tas, the for­mer deputy head of pro­cure­ments at the De­fense Min­istry be­tween 1996 and 2002, who al­legedly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he re­ceived bribes while in of­fice. New ev­i­dence is said to point to a de­posit of 800,000 eu­ros made by Dafer­mos to Kan­tas. The ar­rest last week of another prom­i­nent busi­ness­man, Thomas Li­ak­ounakos, is also linked to the probe.

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