Greek court says SDOE’s online access to bank accounts is unconstitutional

The fourth section of the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, on Wednesday deemed unconstitutional regulations allowing the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) to freeze the bank accounts, stock holdings and properties of suspects linked to cases of large-scale tax evasion, smuggling and other financial crimes.

The court deemed that the regulations violated the principles of the European Convention of Human Rights.

A final decision is to be issued by the court’s plenary session.

Last week, SDOE officials were granted direct online access to Greek bank accounts as part of efforts to curb widespread tax evasion.