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Inspector seeks harsher penalties for offending civil servants

Public administration inspector Leandros Rakintzis has ordered a reinvestigation into 185 cases of misconduct after deeming the sentences imposed by a disciplinary board as too lenient, Kathimerini has learned.

Rakintzis ordered the cases to be reopened after reviewing the decisions reached by the public administration?s disciplinary board in 1,250 cases involving employees who were found during a large-scale investigation of the civil service in 2011 to be in breach of duty, to have received bribes or to have discrepancies between their declared incomes and their assets.

Of the 185 cases in the hands of the appeals board, 10 have drawn the most attention. Among these is the case of a tax officer in Athens who demanded 100,000 euros from a business so that he would expunge a violation from its record. The latter was fired by the appeals board after the first-instance board had imposed a six-month suspension.