Case to open on Fe­bru­ary 24

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The trial of dozens of sus­pects in the Siemens bribes-for-con­tracts scan­dal is to be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 24 next year, ac­cord­ing to a court de­ci­sion made public yes­ter­day. The case went to court this sum­mer, some 10 years af­ter ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that the Ger­man elec­tron­ics and en­gi­neer­ing gi­ant’s Greek branch bribed lo­cal politi­cians and public of­fi­cials to se­cure state con­tracts. But, in re­sponse to ap­peals by French- and Ger­manspeak­ing de­fen­dants, the court post­poned the pro­ceed­ings to al­low for the trans­la­tion of the charge sheet, which runs to more than 4,500 pages, and im­por­tant doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the case which had not been trans­lated into Ger­man and French. Ac­cord­ing to ju­di­cial sources, the trial date was set af­ter the trans­la­tion had been com­pleted.

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