Head of Athens children's hospital arrested for accepting bribe

Head of Athens children’s hospital arrested for accepting bribe

The president of Aglaia Kyriakou children’s hospital in Athens and one other suspect have been arrested on suspicion of demanding a bribe from a supplier.

Police officers arrested Haris Tombouloglou, a New Democracy member, on Tuesday. He had 25,000 euros in marked banknotes in his possession.

According to authorities, Tombouloglou had demanded the money from a private firm that had won at the beginning of 2013 a tender for a 200,000-euro program to run a program combating obesity among children.

The contract, however, was never fulfilled. A few days ago, a person claiming to represent the hospital allegedly contacted the firm and demanded an under-the-table payment so the program could proceed.

The company’s representatives contacted the police and a sting operation was set up. The money was paid to a middleman but most of it was later found in the hospital president’s possession. The alleged intermediary has also been arrested.

Tombouloglou had been a member of New Democracy for a number of years and had stood as a party candidate in elections. After his arrest, he was expelled from the conservative party.

Πηγή: Ekathimerini.com

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