The trial of the former Minister of Transport and Communications Tasos Mantelis, who is being accused of receiving bribes from Siemens, money laundering and repeatedly deceiving the State, has been postponed until the 25th of November, due to the walkout of judges and prosecutors.
According to the case file, Mr. Mantelis is accused of laundering money he received in 1997 as a “gift” for signing a contract for upgrading OTE call centers. Mantelis claims that the money was an election campaign support and not a bribe. Also implicated in the case are Mr. Mantelis’ best man Georgios Tsougranis, Mr. Mantelis associate Aristides Mantas, tax services clerk Antonia Markou and former executive of Siemens Hellas Ilias Georgiou.
Mr. Mantelis is believed to have received 450,000 German Marks from Siemens’ secret accounts in two installments. The money was sent to an account in Geneva that Mr. Mantelis’ associate Tsougranis claims was set-up with the code “ROCOS” specifically for the deal.