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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-07-16

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Parliament votes to indict former FinMin George Papaconstantinou

  • [01] Parliament votes to indict former FinMin George Papaconstantinou

    ANA-MPA -- Greek MPs have voted to indict former finance minister George Papaconstantinou for three offences, two felonies and one misdemeanour, in connection with his actions in handling the so-called Lagarde list.

    In three separate votes held late on Monday night, they voted that Papaconstantinou should stand trial on charges of breach of faith, dereliction of duty and falsifying an official document.

    Out of the 283 MPs present, a total 269 valid votes were cast, while there were nine invalid votes and five blank votes.

    On the charge of falsifying a document, 166 MPs voted in favour of indictment, 34 voted against and 67 abstained.

    For the charge of breach of faith, 206 MPs voted in favour, 42 voted against and 18 abstained.

    For the charge of dereliction of duty, 220 MPs voted in favour, 35 against and 11 abstained.

    The case will now be referred to a five-member council of judges, which will decide whether there are grounds for the three charges against the former minister. The members of this council will be selected within the week through a draw conducted by the Parliament plenum, from the lists sent by the country's supreme administrative court, the Council of State, and the Greek Supreme Court (Areios Pagos).

    The 'Lagarde list' was an electronic file sent to the Greek finance ministry by French authorities, containing the names of Greeks with sizeable deposits in the Geneva-based branch of HSBC, which was received when Papaconstantinou was finance minister.

    This list disappeared and only resurfaced after several months, without any action to follow up the information it contained. Further investigation showed that the copies in the hands of Greek authorities had been tampered with and some names removed, including depositors that were first cousins with Papaconstantinou.


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