Ex-minister vows to name names in money laundering trial
Former Defense Minsiter Akis Tsochatzopoulos is in court over laundering kickbacks from procurement contracts
Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos told the court trying him on charges of laundering kickbacks from procurement contracts that he would name other officials who should be investigated in connection with state defense deals in an apparent bid to spread the blame in an unprecedented corruption trial.
"Everything will come out," the 73-year-old former minister and Socialist stalwart told reporters during a break from the trial when he suggested that other government officials including his successors in the Defense Ministry should face a full parliamentary investigation. "Isn't the fact that these deals were never completed not a scandal?" the minister said. "Is it only what they say about me that is scandalous?"
Earlier, prosecution lawyers argued that the court should reject all the objections raised by the defense, including the contention that the former minister cannot be charged with money laundering as this relates to charges of bribe taking for which Tsochatzopoulos can no longer be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.
Prosecution lawyers also told the court that the verdict to emerge from the trial of Tsochatzopoulos and his 18 co-defendants would set a precedent for the state to take similar action in other cases.
Tsochatzopoulos's wife Viki Stamati, who is one of the co-defendants, was not in court after being transferred to an Athens hospital with "health problems of a psychiatric nature," according to her lawyer.
The trial is set to resume on Tuesday.
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