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ATHENS – A key witness in the Siemens bribery scandal trial said she was attacked outside her house even though being protected by police.

The unidentified witness, the ex-secretary of former Siemens executive Michalis Christoforakos, said she was jumped while taking out her rubbish on March 20.

She is in a witness protection program and had been assigned two police guards but, as part of recent cutbacks, one of the two officers had been relieved of his duties. There was no information on where the other one was during the alleged assault.

A police probe is under way to determine whether the alleged assault is linked to the Siemens probe. A total of 64 people have been indicted to trial in connection with the Siemens bribery scandal.

Christoforakos is one of the suspects and was arrested in Germany in 2009 but officials there refused to extradite him because the former Siemens Hellas CEO also has a German passport and judges said the charges he faces expired under the statute of limitations.

Source: The National Herald
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