ATHENS – While the government is proposing measures to reduce penalties for high-level graft and let those convicted buy their way out of jail, the country’s anti-corruption chief said he hopes to have an electronic system to check the assets of politicians and public officials.
Ex-Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes, the national anti-corruption coordinator since last year, is reportedly expecting the system, which will allow authorities to keep track of the assets declared by politicians and top civil servants, to be ready by November.
He is also aiming to form a five-member committee, comprising two Members of Parliament, two judges and a Bank of Greece Deputy Governor, that will check declaration of wealth statements submitted by lawmakers and government officials.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has put forth a related plan in which ministers and others would be asked only voluntarily to make their assets more transparent.
That comes after the country’s tax revenue chief, assigned to look into tax cheats, was reportedly forced out for looking too closely at the assets of high-level VIPs.