Army run­ning on im­pure fuel

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Com­pa­nies that sup­plied the army with fuel may have evaded up to 2 bil­lion eu­ros in tax by sell­ing the armed forces heat­ing oil or marine diesel, which is three times cheaper than petrol be­cause no duty is im­posed on it, in­stead of reg­u­lar diesel, a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee heard yes­ter­day.

For­mer min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Sourlas, who now ad­vises New Democ­racy leader An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras on trans­parency is­sues, sub­mit­ted a file to Par­lia­ment’s In­sti­tu­tions and Trans­parency Com­mit­tee that in­cluded the re­sults of chem­i­cal tests on fuel sam­ples taken from mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles last week. He said the tests showed that reg­u­lar diesel was be­ing adul­ter­ated with cheaper fuel be­fore be­ing sup­plied to the army.

Sourlas said authorities had con­ducted sim­i­lar tests be­tween 2004 and 2009 and found then that the army was re­ceiv­ing adul­ter­ated fuel. The for­mer min­is­ter said that he has made the De­fense Min­istry and the Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Yian­nis Tentes aware of the al­leged adul­ter­ation.

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