Dafer­mos held in cus­tody

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Busi­ness­man Costas Dafer­mos, who faces mon­ey­laun­der­ing charges in con­nec­tion with an arms deal more than a decade ago, was re­manded in cus­tody late on Fri­day af­ter be­ing ques­tioned by a mag­is­trate. Dafer­mos, who is ac­tive in the arms trade, is ac­cused of pay­ing Greek of­fi­cials hun­dreds of thou­sands of eu­ros in bribes to se­cure the sale of Rus­sian-made Kor­net anti-tank guided mis­siles. Dur­ing his lengthy de­po­si­tion on Fri­day, Dafer­mos de­nied any wrong­do­ing but both the judge and the pros­e­cu­tor de­cided that he should be re­manded in cus­tody. Two other sus­pects, Dafer­mos’s son and an 80-year-old as­so­ciate, were re­leased on bail. Dafer­mos was ar­rested on Tues­day af­ter Greek author­i­ties made a break­through in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion: Swiss and Aus­trian of­fi­cials granted a Greek re­quest for in­for­ma­tion con­tain­ing sev­eral bank ac­counts in those coun­tries.

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