Court ac­quits 11 over 2003 he­li­copter pur­chase

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The 11 de­fen­dants ac­cused of il­le­gally prof­it­ing from the pur­chase of Apache mil­i­tary he­li­copters from Boe­ing in 2003, in­clud­ing busi­ness­man Thomas Li­ak­ounakos and De­fense Min­istry ex­ec­u­tives, were unan­i­mously ac­quit­ted yes­ter­day by a three-mem­ber crim­i­nal court of ap­peals. The case con­cerned a sec­ondary con­tract linked to the main one for the pur­chase of 12 AH-64D Apache at­tack he­li­copters, cost­ing a to­tal of 594 mil­lion eu­ros. The sec­ondary con­tract which im­pli­cated the 11 sus­pects con­cerned projects un­der­taken as a sub­con­trac­tor by Li­ak­ounakos’ com­pany Sonak, the costs of which, ac­cord­ing to the case file, were lower than those fore­seen by the rel­e­vant law. Ac­cord­ing to the charge, the sub­con­trac­tor caused dam­ages to the Greek state val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $27 mil­lion. How­ever, the court ruled that the state did not in­cur dam­ages from the dis­puted con­tract and there­fore the acts at­trib­uted to the ac­cused were not sub­stan­ti­ated. Among the 11 who were ac­quit­ted was Spyri­donas Trav­los, who served as gen­eral sec­re­tary of the De­fense Min­istry dur­ing Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou’s stint as min­is­ter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.