Council of State deems law allowing SDOE to freeze assets unconstitutional

The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, has deemed unconstitutional a law allowing the Financial Crimes Squad, known as SDOE, to freeze bank accounts, shares and properties of suspects linked to cases of large-scale tax evasion, smuggling and other financial crimes.

The court further ruled that the law was against the principles of the European Convention of Human Rights.

A final decision, however, was expected to be reached at a Council of State’s plenary session.