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live The police have broken up a network for fuel smuggling

19 February 2014 / 12:02:27  GRReporter
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The Greek police have broken up a large network for fuel smuggling and arrested 12 people, including two civil servants, one petrol station owner and president of the Eteka company for petroleum products George Spanos, who is also president of "Atromitos" football club.

    For several months the security services in the western parts of Attica have been investigating a supply and commercial chain of petroleum and petroleum products and checking, on a mass scale, petrol stations and their owners as well as companies transporting fuels. They have detained and questioned at least 30 people and the prosecutor has issued an order for custody of 12 of them.
    "A major police operation has been underway since yesterday to neutralize a criminal organization the members of which are accused of fuel smuggling and large-scale financial fraud to the detriment of shipping companies, money laundering, bribery and abuse of power," reads the official message of the General Directorate of the Greek police.

    Eteka was founded in 1983 and has 270 stations across the country as well as a refinery in Perama, near Piraeus.

    The operation is still in progress. The authorities have seized thousands of tons of petrol in the neighbourhoods of Elevsina, Perama and Aspropyrgos. Further details are to be submitted.

Tags: Fuel smugglingPolice operationLarge-scale financial fraud to the detriment of shipping companiesGeorge Spanos
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