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Ministry official was absent from work 21 months out of 24

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is investigating a disciplinary case concerning a finance ministry official who was allegedly unjustifiably absent from his duties for 21 months in total over a two-year period, it emerged on Friday.

According to daily Phileleftheros which reported the case, the state treasury found out that a male employee of the finance ministry was inexcusably absent from work for a total of 21 months between 2012 and 2014 and has is taking steps to take back €38,500 in salary payments.

Towards that end, the daily said, the treasury has been deducting money from his pay cheque since January 2015, leaving him only €480 each month, until it retrieves the full amount.

The civil servant in question, who is also under investigation by the PSC, claimed that he was away on sick leave only four months in total between 2012 and 2014 and that he had also presented medical documents for that, Phileleftheros said.

It said the man has taken the case to the Supreme Court in a bid to annul the treasury’s decision as he believes that the deductions from his salary are illegal.

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