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Financial prosecutors resign, claiming interference

The two prosecutors in charge of investigating cases of a financial nature, including tax evasion, have tendered their resignation, citing interference in their work.

Spyros Mouzakitis and Grigoris Peponis submitted their resignations to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

According to reports, the prosecutors ? who were appointed in September ? claim they were recently made aware of a draft law that would essentially make their roles irrelevant.

Peponis and Mouzakitis had recently launched investigations into a number of high-profile cases, including major tax evasion, the funding of Alter TV by banks, allegations of benefit cheating and claims of fiddled statistics at the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Earlier in the day, tax officials, who are set to strike on Thursday and Friday, accused politicians of intervening in their work as well.

The head of the tax inspectors? union, POE-DOY, Christos Nikolakopoulos accused the Deputy Agriculture Minister Asterios Rondoulis, a member of the nationalist Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), of intervening to prevent the merger of two tax offices in Larissa, central Greece.

Nikolakopoulos also said that claims of corruption among tax inspectors had been exaggerated.