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Probe launched after man, 70, dies waiting to pay tax

A prosecutor in Thessaloniki ordered an investigation Tuesday after a pensioner collapsed while waiting in line to pay his property tax and later died.

The 70-year-old went to a National Bank branch in the Toumba neighborhood at 11 a.m. to pay the first installment of his single property tax (ENFIA) before Tuesday’s deadline. He had been waiting for around 90 minutes when he collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance but doctors there were unable to revive him.

Authorities said the 70-year-old was the second person in Thessaloniki to collapse on Tuesday while waiting in line at a bank to pay taxes. The second person recovered after receiving hospital treatment.

There have been long lines at banks and post offices this week as Greeks sought to pay the first tranche of ENFIA, which has been beset by a series of problems and delays.