ATHENS – A claim by Greece’s Chief Inspector for Public Administration that high-profile personalities live above the law and escape prosecution for tax evasion is going to be probed.
Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani ordered an investigation into the comments made by Leandros Rakintzis before Parliament’s Ethics and Transparency Committee that prominent public figures accused of financial crimes received “special treatment” since legislative amendments or judicial rulings are often issued to get them off the hook.
Koutzamani for a probe examining whether judges or prosecutors had committed offenses related to the inspector’s allegations.
Greece is currently investigating 2,062 taxpayers with 1.5 billion euros in secret Swiss bank accounts which has already turned up 25 million euros in fines for the first few hundred although critics say the government is dragging its feet.
The man hired to go after tax cheats in a new position, Haris Theoharis, resigned earlier this year after it was said the government had hindered his attempt to go after VIPs as well.