German Prosecutors Head For Athens

Greek and German prosecutors will join in the probe over the growing scandal at the Greek Defense Ministry and arms contracts.

ATHENS – The probe into the expanding scandal at the Greek Defense Ministry will see a team of German prosecutors coming to the capital to work with Greek investigators.

The two sides will team up to probe corrupt arms procurement deals, Kathimerini said, as the ongoing investigation has uncovered rings who used the ministry to allegedly steal hundreds of millions of euros from defense contracts.

The prosecutors are focusing particularly on the sale of 170 Leopard 2 tanks to Greece by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann more than a decade ago. KMW also sold 24 self-propelled howitzers to Greece in 2000. The two contracts were worth a combined 1.9 billion euros.

German prosecutors searched KMW’s offices last month, while authorities in Greece searched the offices of Axon, a company owned by businessman Thomas Liakounakos, as part of their probe.