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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-10-04

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  • [01] No politicians on 'Lagarde list', Diotis tells Parliament committee

  • [01] No politicians on 'Lagarde list', Diotis tells Parliament committee

    AMNA--Testifying before the Parliamentary Committee on Institutions and Transparency on Wednesday, former Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) chief Ioannis Diotis told MPs that the notorious 'Lagarde list' of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts did not include any politicians.

    "No politician is on the list," Diotis said, adding that he had received a flash drive with the list from former finance minister George Papaconstantinou "informally" when the latter was moved to another ministry and had equally handed it on to the new finance minister PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos.amna

    Diotis stressed that the evidence on the flash drive was "illegally material" obtained with the assistance of the secret services and could not be used as the basis of an investigation.

    "These matters are handled by the Greek government. If it wanted, it could find a way to overcome the obstacles to using the evidence. I could not do anything else. If Mr. Venizelos had asked it of me, I would have carried out an investigation," he added.amna

    Questioned about the flash drive's fate after Papaconstantinou left, Diotis said that he had given it to Venizelos and "explained my opinion that it could not stand up as acceptable evidence in court because it was the product of actions that were not legal and obtained with the assistance of secret services".amna

    He also underlined that he had not made any other copies of the material, while the flash drive had at all times changed hands unofficially, without records or other documents. He said the information on the flash drive consisted of names and sums, similar to the records kept by banks.

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