SDOE of­fi­cials ‘took bribes’

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Of­fi­cers from the po­lice’s in­ter­nal af­fairs unit yes­ter­day ar­rested three mem­bers of the Fi­nance Min­istry’s Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) on charges of tak­ing bribes.

The min­istry did not give de­tails about the al­leged of­fenses of the SDOE of­fi­cials but said that dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings had been launched against them. It also noted that, ac­cord­ing to a new law de­signed to crack down on wide­spread tax eva­sion, the of­fend­ers could face up to 10 years each in prison if found guilty ir­re­spec­tive of the size of the bribes they are found to have taken.

A state­ment is­sued by the min­istry said that it was “de­ter­mined to show zero tol­er­ance in cases of law­break­ing be­hav­ior by em­ploy­ees, im­pos­ing the cor­re­spond­ing pun­ish­ment, and that it will be un­wa­ver­ing vis-a-vis any in­stance of corruption within the [min­istry’s] ser­vices.”

Spear­head­ing the gov­ern­ment’s tax eva­sion crack­down, SDOE has probed tax of­fices and other pub­lic ser­vices of­fices.

New Zealand vet­er­ans

of World War II’s Battle of Crete met Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias in Athens yes­ter­day. Al­most 8,000 New Zealand sol­diers were on Crete when the Ger­mans started a mas­sive air­borne as­sault in May 1941. New Zealand lost 671 men in the battle.

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