Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday had a long meeting with National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, focusing on the Greek-Turkish relations updates and relations’developements, after the withdrawal of a Turkish NOTAM. As well, corruption cases regarding the Defene Minisry’s earlier political authorities, which were urgently adressed to Justicerom that point on.
The prime minister was briefed this week by Panos Kammenos, the Defense Minister and President of the Independent Greeks co-governing Party, “on issues of corruption in the armed forces and especially, on those concerning armaments,” , as Panos Kammenos stated, underlining that there is evidence that could be used in at least two cases, concerning the NH-90 helicopters and the submarines.
These cases should be forwarded to Justice in correlation with files already under invesgation,the two men agreed, as Panos Kammenos after the meeting said to the Press.
An investigation is conducted, still at an early stage, as was by the minister explained and an inquiry is still being conducted by the Committee of Internal Affairs.
The minister added that the Armed Forces Committee on Internal Affairs was set up as soon as he took office, minister Kammeno said, and the investigation started with an audit in the general secretariat for armaments.
Kammenos said that in two of the cases there is serious evidence of possible felonies, adding that huge amounts of taxpayers’ money was involved and those responsible will face justice. He clarified that the two cases are the NH-90 helicopters case, which started in 2003 and is still currently ongoing and the submarines case which started in 1998.
As regards the Turkish NOTAM, the minister credited the big success, as he named it, to Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. Minister Kammenos underlined that it was made clear that this government exerts a serious and reliable policy of national sovereignty.