Greek Defence Minister pledges to overhaul arms procurements amid corruption probe

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ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s defence ministry says it will overhaul arms procurement procedures following the arrest of former weapons contract negotiators accused of paying bribes for major government contracts.

Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said Friday the ministry was working on plans to place arms contracts under increased parliamentary oversight to “guarantee the reputation of the armed forces.”

Prosecutors are investigating the alleged payment of bribes worth millions to former senior defence officials to secure weapons deals in the late 1990s and early 2000s following tension with regional rival Turkey.

In October, former Socialist Defence Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos was sentenced to 20 years in prison following a related corruption investigation.

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