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Greek land mine scandal sparks far-reaching investigation

Greek land mine scandal sparks far-reaching investigation

Tens of millions of dollars in public funding for nongovernmental aid organizations is under scrutiny after the arrest of the head of a mine-clearing organization accused of embezzling $12.4 million, Greek authorities say.

Three civil servants could also face charges after an unprecedented audit of the Foreign Ministry's overseas development program.

The program, known as Hellenic Aid, dispensed about $160 million to more than 400 nongovernmental organizations — including Greek Orthodox religious groups and the International Mining Initiative — over a 12-year period ending in 2012. But an audit showed that $40 million could not be accounted for. So far a dozen audited NGOs...

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