Wednesday April 22, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Minister objects to SDOE house raids

Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou on Tuesday expressed opposition to a State Legal Council ruling according to which officers of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) are entitled to raid the homes and businesses of taxpayers with debts to the state without having a judicial official present.

Citing Article 9 of the Greek Constitution, according to whose provisions “a citizen’s home is his haven,” Athanasiou said that the right of tax authorities to do house searches “must be studied.”

He added that, according to the Constitution, searches on homes or businesses can only be carried out by tax officials if a judicial official is present.

After being asked for guidance by the ministry, the State Legal Council voted in favor of house searches by unaccompanied SDOE officers being legal by 14 votes to 10. In its reasoning, the judges deemed that a prosecutor’s presence is only required if the planned search is being conducted in order to gather evidence related to a suspected crime, to arrest a suspected criminal or to stop a crime from being committed.

However, in view of the narrowness of the verdict, and the media outcry provoked by the prospect of SDOE officers barging into taxpayers’ homes, the ministry asked the Supreme Court to intervene and issue a final decision.

The upheaval was prompted by a report in the Ethnos newspaper over the weekend according to which SDOE is planning to adopt tactics similar to those used by the United States Inland Revenue Service.

The Ethnos report said that cash and properties could be immediately confiscated.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 12, 2014 (21:58)  
Greek PM eyes Merkel support
Mayors resist coalition´s demand to hand over cash reserves
Algerians caught at university sit-in to go on trial
Publishing HIV sufferers’ identities not permitted, says Greek committee
Carrot to pay income tax all in one go
In an effort to bolster crumbling budget revenues, the Finance Ministry is considering offering a 10-15 percent income tax discount for those who choose to pay their dues in a lump sum this ...
IOBE: No agreement would be a huge failure
Greece’s Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) on Tuesday revised this year’s growth estimate from 3 to 1 percent, while its head, Nikos Vettas, described the possible lack ...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Second win for the Reds over Barca in four days
Olympiakos is one step from the Euroleague Final Four in Madrid after downing Barcelona on Tuesday for the second time in four days, to edge ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five play-off series. Th...
BASKETBALL
Panathinaikos recovers to beat CSKA for 2-1
Three-pointer master Panathinaikos had the last laugh at the end of Game 3 of its series with CSKA Moscow on Monday winning 86-85 and reducing the Russians' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five p...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
IMF needs to correct its big Greek bailout mistake
The Greek government's mounting financial woes are leading it to contemplate the unthinkable: defaulting on a loan from the International Monetary Fund. Instead of demanding repayment and fu...
COMMENTARY
Tragedy in the Mediterranean
Every time we in the West see yet another video of an atrocity committed by Islamic State or Boko Haram and express our abhorrence, and every time we are shocked to read of a boatload of mig...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Second win for the Reds over Barca in four days
2. Carrot to pay income tax all in one go
3. IOBE: No agreement would be a huge failure
4. Haircut on Greek banks’ collateral?
5. Uncertainty hits bookings from Germany and the UK
6. No leap in relations with Russia
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. Tragedy in the Mediterranean
3. No ferries on Labor Day as seamen take industrial action
4. ECB studying curbs on Greek bank support
5. Silence is not an option
6. Two men accused of migrant smuggling face prosecutor over deadly shipwreck
Today
This Week
1. Quarantine for Greek bank subsidiaries in neighboring countries
2. Time to get serious
3. Putting off payments led to Q1 budget primary surplus
4. Obama calls for flexibility in Greek reform talks in brief exchange with Varoufakis
5. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
6. Greece denies report that it is preparing for debt default
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.