Top pros­e­cu­tor seeks swift trans­la­tion of rul­ing

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Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou yesterday asked the head of the Athens Court of First In­stance, Isi­doros Do­giakos, to im­me­di­ately for­ward the charge sheet for the Siemens cash-for-con­tracts scan­dal to the For­eign Min­istry for trans­la­tion. Dim­itriou asked for a dead­line to be set for the trans­la­tion of the charge sheet into French and Ger­man, which has been hold­ing up the trial. The trial of dozens of sus­pects in the Siemens scan­dal was in­def­i­nitely post­poned on July 12 be­cause the charge sheet, which runs to more than 4,500 pages, and im­por­tant doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the case had not been trans­lated into Ger­man and French. The case went to court in Athens some 10 years af­ter ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that the Ger­man elec­tronic and en­gi­neer­ing gi­ant’s Greek branch bribed Greek politi­cians and pub­lic of­fi­cials to se­cure state con­tracts. How­ever, the court up­held a com­plaint by the le­gal coun­sel of 13 Ger­man de­fen­dants and one French-Swiss na­tional over the fact that the charge sheet had not been pre­sented, as stip­u­lated by in­ter­na­tional law, in the de­fen­dants’ na­tive lan­guage.

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