A Greek appeals court prosecutor, Maria Gane, on Wednesday recommended that the former general secretary for public revenues Katerina Savvaidou be indicted for actions that have prevented Greek authorities from collecting a 78-million-euro fine from a company.
Gane recommended that Savvaidou be tried on criminal charges of attempted breach of trust, combined with provisions under the law for public-sector embezzlement.
The case concerns Savvaidou’s decision to order a re-examination of a 78-million-euro fine imposed on a company, even though this had already been ratified by a committee for the administrative resolution of tax differences. According to the prosecutor, Savvaidou’s decision essentially led to the fine being “frozen” indefinitely, since the review of the fine is still pending 2.5 years later.
The investigation was launched in response to an article published on the internet in August 2015 referred to Savvaidou’s involvement in ‘freezing’ the said fine and other dealings by the same company.
The case will now be referred to an Appeals Justices’ Council, which must decide whether she should be indicted to stand trial or not.