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352 in trouble over asset declarations

Over 350 people, including 14 regional governors and 12 mayors, are to be prosecuted for flouting the law that obliges MPs, local authority officials, top civil servants and other professional groups to table annual asset and source of funds declarations, court sources said yesterday. The list of 352 alleged offenders includes 203 board or committee members in public companies, 22 general managers in public companies, two top officials in the state lottery organization (OPAP), 14 deputy mayors, a large shareholder in a publishing firm, 43 civil engineers, 23 journalists, six policemen and an air force officer. Over 60,000 people – including Cabinet members, judges and even soccer referees – have to fill in detailed forms every year listing their total assets, and those of their spouses and children, while explaining the source of the money used to buy real estate or other high-value assets.