Second businessman arrested in defense probe
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.