The UJP tax authority denied media allegations that it is deliberately targeting the KAM chain of supermarkets. Across to UJP, they did not order KAM markets to close even though they found violations in the tax code.

The massive assault on the company, whose stores were largely closed yesterday with signs announcing “restocking”, was seen in the public as a political move, meant to remove the popular budget chain from the market and open the door to chains linked to the ruling DUI party.

We found that some of the markets were selling cooking oil, fresh meat, rice and milk with the VAT tax included, even though the tax was abolished. This applies to some other chains. Our inspectors act unselectively and are subject to external controls, and we will work to prevent abuse and damage to the consumers and the budget, UJP said in a statement.