Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Minister Idem resigns over tax-evasion allegations

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Rome, June 24 - Equal Opportunity and Sports
Minister Josefa Idem tendered her resignation on Monday amid
allegations of tax evasion.
"I had already made my decision days ago after accusations
and insults," said Idem after her resignation was accepted by
Premier Enrico Letta.
In an interview published Monday, Idem told Italian daily
Corriere della Sera that the accusations were pretentious and a
"massacre", creating the climate of a "lynching".
The retired international athlete and Olympic canoeing gold
medalist said that she had made an innocent mistake and was not
trying to cheat the system.
"I insist on being believed...I am not a trickster," she
said.
According to media reports, she maintained two residences
in the Ravenna area, one apparently outfitted as a commercial
gym, but avoided paying all the relevant taxes.
Idem told the daily that she had presented the proper
documentation two years earlier but that the procedure to
incorporate the correct application of taxation for the
properties had gotten stuck in a bottleneck.
"The press said that I am being investigated. They will
tell me what for. I'm thinking that there might also be an
investigation into how my personal data and confidential
documents from the town hall ended up in the newspaper," she
said."
"All of this is simply absurd. From one week to the next I
have gone from a respected person to a criminal," said
German-born Idem, who won five Olympic medals as a sprint
canoeist including the gold she won in Sydney in 2000.

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