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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-22

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Leonidas Bobolas arrested for tax evasion, released after paying 1.8 million euros

  • [01] Leonidas Bobolas arrested for tax evasion, released after paying 1.8 million euros

    ANA-MPA -- Ellaktor CEO Leonidas Bobolas appeared before a public prosecutor accused of major tax evasion on Wednesday but was subsequently released after paying the sum of 1.8 million euros, based on favourable measures recently passed by the finance ministry for those repaying sums owed to the state.

    Bobolas had been arrested on the basis of evidence uncovered in the so-called Lagarde-list investigation, which showed a discrepancy of 1.866 million euros between his declared income and the deposits at a Swiss branch of the bank HSBC. The list has been leaked by an HSBC employee to French authorities and was then forwarded to the Greek government by then French finance Christine Lagarde.

    The total amount owed by Bobolas' had subsequently reached 4.1 million euros, after the addition of fines and interest.

    According to sources at the public prosecutors' department, Bobolas had been asked to proceed with the payment of this amount in mid-April but had raised legal objections. The file was then forwarded to the Centre for Investigating Very High Income Taxpayers, which set a find that was also not paid and then initiated legal action against him, sending the case to the Financial Prosecutors. It was then forwarded to the first-instance court prosecutors with instructions to proceed with his immediate arrest, in accordance with the law.

    The counsel representing Bobolas, on their part, claim their client appeared before authorities voluntarily in order to settle his debt and note that he previously went to the Centre for Investigating Very High Income Taxpayers for this purpose, proceeding with a special act of settlement on the basis of the 2015 law for tax debtors.

    Out of the 4.0 million euro owed, Bobolas paid 1.8 million euros in order to avoid a criminal prosecution for tax evasion and for legalising income from illegal activity and was subsequently set free. After the process of payment is complete, an order for his acquittal will be issued.


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