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Ten in Portuguese submarine fraud case to stand trial

Three German and seven Portuguese nationals are to be tried for alleged fraud related to the purchase of two German submarines by Portugal in 2004, a judicial source said Tuesday.

The ten people, who were not named, face allegations of forging invoices related to the sales contract by the German Submarine Consortium (GSC), the company making the submarines.

Among the accused are two executives of German industrial services company MAN Ferrostaal, part of the consortium.

However a trial date has yet to be announced, the court official said.

A probe was launched last April at the request of the accused.

Portuguese and German authorities are also investigating whether Ferrostaal paid bribes during the sale of its submarines. The first was delivered last June.