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Defense Minister: Armaments procurements files will be reopened

Def Min: Armaments procurements files will be reopened

National Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he wanted to reopen all cases dealing with armaments procurements and would seek to bring those who cheated to justice.

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National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that he wanted to reopen all cases dealing with armaments procurements, recent and old, and would seek to bring people who cheated the Greek state of millions of euros to justice.

In an interview to Alpha radio station, Kammenos said, "All files will be reopened; none will be overlooked. We do not plan to hide anything. We cannot have the Greek people bleeding on one side and others hosting parties with armaments (funds) on the other. If some armaments procurements (cases) need to go to the prosecutors, they will go."

The minister noted that the armed forces' general staffs should not be handling armaments programmes. "It's not possible to have each (Defense) minister's counselors become the managers of armaments systems - at any rate, half of them are in jail," he said.

Asked to comment on the submarine procurement programme, he said they were needed but that would not stop the government from locating individuals who made the state lose millions. "Of course we will not stop at (former defense minister Akis) Tsohatzopoulos," he said, "he paid for everything he did, there are more people. Nobody will enjoy immunity, I can assure you of that."

Source: AMNA

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