“Everything will be fully investigated by Greek and German justice. There is evidence that needs to be investigated and already a thorough investigation is underway by the financial crimes squad SDOE,” Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos said in parliament on Tuesday, referring to a “Der Spiegel” report on possible bribes in the purchase of four German submarines.

Venizelos did not rule out the likelihood that the Greek state would sue for damages if enough evidence is gathered to support a civil lawsuit, adding that there is criminal culpability if it is proved that bribes were received in Greece.

The defence minister made the statement in response to main opposition New Democracy (ND) MP Panos Kammenos who raised the issue during a discussion within the framework of a parliamentary committee meeting.