Thirty ac­cused of fraud in hos­pi­tal equip­ment probe

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A to­tal of 30 peo­ple are to stand trial on frau­drelated charges in con­nec­tion to the sale of or­tho­pe­dic equip­ment to Greek hos­pi­tals by a sub­sidiary of John­son & John­son be­tween 2000 and 2006, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments seen by Kathimerini.

Ex­ec­u­tives of the com­pany con­cerned, DePuy, are al­leged to have bribed Greek doc­tors in or­der to se­cure the con­tracts for the equip­ment. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany in Greece, as well as from its UK head­quar­ters, are among those that will go to trial, along with doc­tors ac­cused of ac­cept­ing un­der­the-ta­ble pay­ments. The trial is ex­pected to start in the sec­ond half of Oc­to­ber.

In 2011, John­son & John­son agreed to pay 76.9 mil­lion dol­lars to US au­thor­i­ties to set­tle le­gal ac­tion re­gard­ing bribery in Greece, Poland, Ro­ma­nia and Iraq.

Mem­bers of a Cyprus-based mo­tor­cy­cle group wait to meet Greek Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los on Satur­day. The group is be­hind an ini­tia­tive, which in­cludes an an­nual mo­tor­cyle ride, com­mem­o­rat­ing Ta­sos Isaak and Solo­mos Solo­mou who were killed by Turk­ish troops in 1996 in the UN buf­fer zone di­vid­ing the is­land. The group is com­prised of 42 peo­ple on 30 mo­tor­cy­cles.

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