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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-28

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  • [01] Tsoukatos testified on Siemens
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Tsoukatos testified on Siemens

    Former prime minister Costas Simitis' close advisor and main opposition PASOK party deputy (2000-2004), Theodoros Tsoukatos who admitted that German multinational Siemens offered a one million Dmark 'campaign contribution' prior to the 2000 general elections to then ruling PASOK, testified on Saturday before the public prosecutor Panagiotis Athanassiou.

    Tsoukatos accompanied by his lawyer Dionyssis Gouskos testified for 2.5 hours before Athanassiou and delivered him a 6 page memorandum in which he explains what happened before and after the arrangement to deposit the money to the bank account of a businessman of his acquaintance.

    Leaving the prosecutor's office, Tsoukatos reiterated to reporters his claims that the sum was eventually directed toward PASOK campaign's funds in smaller installments.

    Referring to persons appearing as holders of the accounts where the money was initially channeled to Tsoukatos said "I feel the moral duty to state that these persons have nothing to do with the case" and added "I feel strong because I did nothing for my benefit, I also feel sad because the party I served for 30 years has abandoned me ".

    Caption: Former prime minister Costas Simitis' close advisor and main opposition PASOK party deputy (2000-2004), Theodoros Tsoukatos leaves the prosecutor Panagiotis Athanassiou office in Athens on Sat.28 June 2008. ANA-MPA/MARIA MAROGIANNI

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens dailies at a glance

    The ongoing investigation and the debate in parliament on Friday on Siemens case, the high cost of living and the increase in oil price dominated the headlines on Saturday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis from parliament "People take the market into your own hands!"

    APOGEVMATINI: "Karamanlis' attack against main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou - PM charged PASOK for attempting to create a climate of disdain".

    AVGHI: "Time for a new Left majority".

    AVRIANI: "How Trepeklis, an alleged go between in SAIC joint venture send a large part of the 6,5 million euros to US with the help of his powerful friends who were members in Simitis' government".

    CHORA: "Shock over a black money 'treasure' spotted at Austrian borders

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Debate in parliament on the Siemens case without substance - People lost in a 'labyrinth of kickbacks'".

    ELEFTHEROS : "The professionals' Fund collapses".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "This year's university entry base passing grades".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "3.7 million euros 'blue' (ND party's color) kickbacks for the C4i Olympic Games 2004 security system".

    ESTIA: "Acute clashes over the Siemens case at parliament on Friday".

    ETHNOS: "Heatwave for 2 ruling party New Democracy (ND) ministers".

    KATHIMERINI: "Duel instead of consensus against corruption".

    LOGOS: "Justice's inquiry comes first, then the parliament's examining committee...."

    NIKI: "Papandreou called on Karamanlis to put an end to the crisis".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The institutional measures against high cost of living are a fraud".

    TA NEA: "Base passing grades increase in 50 University schools".

    TO VIMA: "The political and economical crisis is an explosive cocktail - The Siemens scandal eats away at the parties and the high cost of living society".

    VRADYNI: "The university entry base passing grades, according to Education Ministry's reports".

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