Ex-minister's bribes revealed

Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, currently in custody on suspicion of embezzlement and money laundering, had deposited more than 20 million dollars in a Swiss bank account before he assumed his position in the cabinet and allegedly accepted under-the-table payments, according to documents retrieved from his office. Kathimerini understands that the money was place in the Credit Lyonnais Suisse bank in 1997, a year after Tsochatzopoulos challenged to become leader of PASOK. Investigators also found a document that appears to show another 21 million dollars being paid to Drumilan, an offshore company with which Tsochatzopoulos has been linked, by industrial company Antey Concern in connection with the purchase of TOR-M1 missile systems in 2000, when the politician had assumed his post at the Defense Ministry.


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