New Democracy Member of Parliament Gerasimos Giakoumatos said charges of tax evasion brought against his wife and brother are insignificant and waved them off as trivial even as the pair faced a prosecutor.
Dimitris Giakoumatos and Eleni Theodorou are being questioned in connection with finances of the family business, a retirement home in the northern Athenian suburb of Neo Psychico, Greece. The lawmaker’s brother was the Managing Director, while his wife was the home’s President. Giakoumatos is protected from prosecution by Parliamentary immunity.
“This is about a small tax offense that we have never been asked to explain. This is what the crime is all about,” he told journalists without elaborating.
There was no information on how much money was involved but the case comes as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ coalition government is being pressed by international lenders to go after tax cheats and as he said any political wrongdoers should be swiftly prosecuted. He has said nothing about Giakoutmatos.