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Unpredictable Twists Expected in Siemens’s Black Cash Case

08 June 2010 / 08:06:37  GRReporter
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Unpredictable twists are expected this week as the former minister of public order from the  New Democracy government Viron Polidoras who will shed light on the case with the purchase of the C4I security system, the Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the Deputy Minister Panayiotis Hinofotisthe will testify at the parliamentary commission which investigates the routes of the black cash case of Simens.  
Tomorrow or the day after is expected the director of the Audit Commission Yannis Kapeleris to submit a list of names he has found and which are connected with the popular “codes for discounts” used by Siemens to bribe politicians, civil servants, trade unionists and journalists.

Meanwhile, Catherine Tsakalu former secretary of the former CEO of Siemens in Greece told the commission that her life was threaten. She testified for the second time and said that after the escape of Michalis Christoforakos abroad there was an attempt for her “extermination”. Attempted murder, threats, bribes, which have been given or have been provided, but also close relations between senior executives of the company with political parties were daily round in the the company's headquarters four years ago as the two closest collaborators of Michalis Christoforakos described - his secretary Catherine Tsakalu and the economic director Rudolf Fischer. All this is happening at a time when the former secretary is currently responsible for transparency in the company and Mr. Fischer is again economic director, but at the Czech branch of Siemens.
On the other hand, PASOK MP Vassilis Kenkeroglu asked the parliamentary commission to summon again Evangelos Sekeris, brother-in-law of the leader of New Democracy Antonis Samaras. Mr. Sekeris who was an employee at Siemens has sent email to Antonis Samaras on July 31, 2006, who was then the New Democracy MEP. In his email Mr Sekeris apparently sought Mr. Samaras to talk to the former "big boss" of Siemens in Greece Michalis Christoforakos to seek promotion. PASOK MP faced the parliamentary commission  investigating the case Siemens – Mr. Sekeris and said that 60%of the 620 phone calls of Michalis Christoforakos in the period from 1999 to 2007 are connected with the Mitsotakis family. Kiriakos Mitsotakis himself had 23 meetings and 98 calls with Christoforakos.  
Marios Katsikas, whose name has been mentioned in the email of Mr Sekeris to Mr. Samaras appeared before the commission, but he denied that he was involved in any way with the company through which the black cash money of Siemens was handed out.
”If there is no order in the country, if there is no sense of fairness, if there is no justice, they will throw stones at all of us and they will be right” said the Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday, confirming the government's intention to proceed with the investigation of the case all summer, although members of the parliamentary commission have been bound to conclude the case by the end of June.

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