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Rakintzis slams justice system

An appeal has been lodged with the country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, to reverse the «not guilty» verdict issued for two tax inspectors who had been suspected of breach of duty, as the general inspector of public administration, Leandros Rakintzis, believes that both are «blatant» cases of wrongdoing. Rakintzis told Skai TV yesterday that the two inspectors based in Lamia, central Greece, had been valuing properties at terms much lower than they should have in order to help the owners to evade taxes, or to qualify for a rebate. An Interior Ministry disciplinary committee, however, found that they had not caused any losses for the Greek state. Rakintzis, an outspoken critic of the justice system’s failure to be swift and efficient in dealing with allegedly corrupt public servants, revealed that he has recently appealed against a total of 185 rulings concerning public officials, including state hospital doctors and customs officials, which he believes are too lenient.