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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-06-07
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Polydoras Statement before Inquiry Committee on SiemensMonday, 07 June 2010 16:39
Former ND Minister Byron Polydoras gave a statement to the parliament Inquiry Committee on Monday regarding the C4I contract. In the meantime ND and LAOS deputies have left open possibility for their withdrawal from the Inquiry Committee. Furthermore Taxation Department Inspectors (SDOE) are expected to conclude investigation regarding names of depositors of the controversial bank accounts. In another development Supreme Court Prosecutor Ioannis Tentes has called on Judges Plenum meeting in order to appoint a third interrogator in the Siemens black money case to accelerate interrogation.
In his statement to the Inquiry Committee on Siemens black money scandal, former ND minister Byron Polydoras speaking about the C4I said beyond being a calamity, it was a high technology system, unique and highly expensive.
Specifically speaking about the 5th contract- signed during the period he was minister- he said that among others it provided the state could receive separate C4I systems. He added all moves ensured the interests of the state, improved the benefits and reduced the price.
Mr. Polidoras underlined that when he assumed the Public Order Ministry's office in no occasion he wanted to withdraw the "Tetra" system.
He also repeated that Simitis government had "bought peace". In response to question regarding who received bribery linked to C4I, he said that investigation should be carried out in the list of people involved in the initial contract. Referring to the period he was in office, he could never imagine that he had to deal with a gang of robbers, underlining that he believed all officers participating in the committees were honest.
Sources: ÍÅÔ, ÍÅÔ 105.8, ÁNA/ÌPA
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