Min­is­ter miffed at court over tax fraud de­ci­sion

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Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis yes­ter­day ex­pressed ir­ri­ta­tion at a de­ci­sion by the Coun­cil of State deem­ing suc­ces­sive ex­ten­sions to the statue of lim­i­ta­tions for tax fraud un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Dur­ing a visit to Ma­lan­drino Prison in Cen­tral Greece, Kon­to­nis said that the de­ci­sion will af­fect on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into off­shore ac­count ac­tiv­ity and the move­ment abroad of large amounts of money. “Such money fol­lows a maze-like course and it takes a lot of time to un­cover its ex­act path,” the min­is­ter said.

Com­ing amid grow­ing ten­sion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the ju­di­ciary, Kon­to­nis’s com­ments prompted an of­fi­cial state­ment from the min­istry say­ing only that the Coun­cil of State’s de­ci­sion is be­ing ex­am­ined by “the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity.”

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