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“Show Your Bank Accounts Alone” Were Prompted the Politicians Involved in the Scandal with Siemens

17 June 2010 / 13:06:23  GRReporter
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Accelerating the investigation of the “black boxes” of Siemens is a priority of the Greek justice, especially since it was demonstrated that politicians were bribed. The members of New Democracy have found a bribe of € 37 million, so the committee asked the members of the government who have signed contracts in 1997 to open their accounts.  

The audit commission of the Siemens case is ready to ask ministers, deputy ministers and chief secretaries who have approved contracts and calls to the company from 1997 until today with their decisions. If they refuse to cooperate law officials will intervene The aim of the proposal made by New Democracy and adopted by the MPs of all parties is to compare for a certain period the movement of accounts with unknown holder, which are detected by investigators, with the exchange in the accounts of political parties involved in the Siemens affair.
The blue MP Costas Dzavaras: “the authorities should find any amount and its recipient, namely the amounts transferred by Siemens to third parties abroad, and to make comparison with the banking operations of politicians and their relatives in Greece or abroad during a particular period, when they were professionally linked with Siemens.”

The reason for this proposal was a document New Democracy has submitted to the parliamentary commission. According to the document a transfer of 75 million marks or € 37.5 million was made through paymentss to various accounts abroad for the 8002 program contract with the Greek telecommunications company OTE in 1997.  According to this document one of the managers of the “black boxes” of Siemens, Nidl Reiner, “tipped” the directors of Siemens Ηellas about the terms of the payments.

Besides the account in the name of “Α. Μarkou”, to which were paid 18 million marks or more than € 9 million for a period of one year and from which the already known 200,000 marks were transferred to a Swiss bank in the name of “A. Roccos” or the former Minister Tassos Mandelis, there are other code names like “Samos”, “Νikos” and “Franz” which are hiding the names of former executives of the company and of OTE.

The blue member Panos Kamenos presented another document of the Debevoise study on behalf of the subsidiary of Siemens. It is evident in it that Rainer Nidl has stated that there was a separate agreement between the company and the Siemens subsidiary, according to which 2% of annual turnover went through Siemens Televiomihaniki PLC, based in Thessaloniki “to accounts that have been designated by Michalis Christoforakos”. According to the same document Christoforakos had explained that the money would be used for payments to political parties in Greece, Journal Vima reported.  

Meanwhile, prosecutors issued a prohibition order to the godfather of the former Prime Minister Tassos Mandelis to leave the country. He opened an account in a Swiss bank in the name of Α. Rocos. 450,000 DM from the “black boxes” of Siemens were transferred to it. He will be charged for legalization of income from criminal activity undertaken by Tassos Mandelis. Mr. Mandelis is expected to give testimony to investigators Maria Nikolakea and I. Fioraki not later than the end of June, when the indictment against him will be concluded. The two judges will ask for expertise to determine whether contract 8002/97 between Siemens and ΟΤΕ AD was prejudicial or not.


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