Two ministry staff remanded over graft charges

Two Development Ministry officials arrested earlier this week on suspicion of soliciting a 120,000-euro bribe from two businessmen planning to make a 4.7-million-euro investment in the Peloponnese were remanded in custody on Friday.

The two men, both 61, were employed in the ministry’s private investment department, where they were responsible for assessing whether projects qualified for state funding.

Testifying before an investigating magistrate yesterday, one claimed to have been set up by the businessman while the second maintained to have not have had anything to do with the affair.

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