According to the civil action brought against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, the former Minister of National Defense deceived the members of the Government Council of National Defense (KYSEA) on numerous occasions, in order to collect bribes.
Regarding the controversial submarine deal, prosecutor Dionisis Kolovos stressed that Mr. Tsohatzopoulos and his partner-in-crime Yannis Sbokos manipulated and withheld information from the KYSEA regarding the entanglement of Ferrostaal. The German side was in a rush to complete the deal, fearing the prospect of elections.
Mr. Kolovos asserted that the TOR-M1 air defense system would not have been acquired if Mr. Tsohatzopoulos had not manipulated the KYSEA, since it was not compatible with pre-existing air defense systems.
To that end, the prosecutor explained that Mr. Tsohatzopoulos did not pursue any legal action against German media which revealed aspects of the scandal. Mr. Kolovos added that Mr. Tsohatzopoulos had no evidence to suggest that summoning the KYSEA members would contribute to the investigation.