Fired tax inspector loses appeal at Council of State

A tax inspector who was convicted of embezzling 223,000 euros from public coffers failed on Thursday in his appeal to have his dismissal overturned.

The ex-civil servant, who has not been named, was fired from his post after being found guilty of stealing 150,000 euros and 73,000 euros in two separate cases.

However, highlighting the lengthy process involved before a public sector worker can be dismissed for disciplinary offenses, the tax man was initially convicted in March 2010, appealed the decision, lost the appeal and then took his case to the Council of State, where he was defeated on Thursday.

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