ATHENS, Greece, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below is a statement from Olga Gerovasili, spokeswoman for the government of Greece, regarding a Financial Times story published July 19, 2016 and entitled, "Greek tax investigators raid home of former local UBS bank boss." The article documents a police raid on the home of a former UBS Group banker earlier this month by law-enforcement authorities that was part of a broad effort to clamp down on tax evasion and associated financial corruption.
This month's raid follows a similar incident in December 2015, when Greek authorities raided the Athens headquarters of Swiss-based UBS Group.
"The Greek government will act decisively against corruption and wrongdoing.
The story the Financial Times published today is one more case in which the Greek authorities have acted methodically and efficiently to hand out justice.
Greece will devote its resources and enlist the assistance and expertise of cooperating countries to ferret out wrongdoing by financial institutions and their high profile clients who attempt to evade their tax responsibilities. Greece also will keep all of its legal options open.
This country and its citizens cannot perpetually be held hostage by corruption.
The case referenced in the Financial Times article is now in the hands of the Greek justice system, which will impartially and independently examine the evidence and the possible wrongdoing that stems from it."
For more information, please contact:
Dimitris Karamanis - PM General Secretary's office
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SOURCE Government of Greece