In­no­cent un­til proven guilty

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Most Greeks tend to fo­cus on the neg­a­tive side of things. Nev­er­the­less, we ought to ac­knowl­edge the fact that a great deal has changed in this coun­try over the past few years. This is the first time in re­cent his­tory that so many pub­lic fig­ures have come un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the au­thor­i­ties for al­leged crimes. And a con­sid­er­able num­ber have ended up be­hind bars – in fact, the former mayor of Thes­sa­loniki and two of his top aides were sen­tenced to life in jail yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing found guilty of em­bez­zling al­most 18 mil­lion eu­ros in state funds. Sim­i­larly, the au­thor­i­ties are more will­ing to scru­ti­nize for­merly ig­nored lists of tax dodgers and other of­fend­ers, chan­nel­ing squan­dered money back into the state cof­fers. Over­all, a lot has changed in the way ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties and state func­tionar­ies are deal­ing with ram­pant cor­rup­tion and tax eva­sion in the coun­try. That said, we must all re­frain from de­fam­ing in­no­cent ci­ti­zens who may have un­know­ingly been caught up in the process.

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