Aktor de­nies fraud charge in con­nec­tion with ten­ders

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Greece’s big­gest con­struc­tion firm, Aktor, a sub­sidiary of El­lak­tor, on Thurs­day de­nied any wrong­do­ing after a Greek prose­cu­tor charged it with fraud in con­nec­tion with two state in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject ten­ders launched in 2007 and 2011. Court of­fi­cials said the prose­cu­tor, who con­ducted a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cused Aktor and ri­val com­pany Moch­los of vi­o­lat­ing com­pe­ti­tion rules, caus­ing dam­age to the state. The com­pa­nies are ac­cused of pre­ar­rang­ing to sub­mit cer­tain bids for two projects, a rail pro­ject in Athens and an­other at the port of the north­ern city of Thessaloniki, the of­fi­cials said. Aktor said in re­sponse: “There wasn’t any pre- ar­range­ment for the sub­mis­sion of the of­fers nor any vi­o­la­tion by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Aktor. Most im­por­tantly, there is no is­sue of dam­ag­ing the state.” “We are cer­tain that our po­si­tions will be con­firmed.” Moch­los could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment. Shares in El­lak­tor shed 7.5 per­cent on Thurs­day, but yes­ter­day re­cov­ered 0.90 per­cent.

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