Rap for block­ing tax of­fi­cials

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A restau­rant owner on the east­ern Aegean is­land of Samos was handed a 12-month sus­pended jail sen­tence yes­ter­day over her re­fusal to al­low tax of­fi­cials to seal her busi­ness, and for try­ing to in­tim­i­date them. Ac­cord­ing to the case file, au­di­tors of the In­de­pen­dent Author­ity for Public Rev­enue (IAPR) had ar­rived at the restau­rant in or­der to seal it and sus­pend its ac­tiv­i­ties for 48 hours over its owner’s fail­ure to com­ply with tax reg­u­la­tions. But they were ver­bally as­saulted by the owner, who also tore up the seal­ing or­der pa­per. More­over, one of the au­di­tors said he had re­ceived a threat­en­ing phone call from the sus­pect. The lo­cal union of tax of­fi­cials is­sued a state­ment con­demn­ing the in­ci­dent and de­mand­ing pro­tec­tion of its mem­bers from in­ci­dents such as yes­ter­day’s. The court also or­dered the sus­pen­sion of the restau­rant’s op­er­a­tion for 12 days in­stead of the orig­i­nal two.

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