Panels Asks Charges For Papaconstantinou

Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou
Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou

A Greek Parliamentary committee investigating the handling of a list of 2,062 Greeks with $1.95 billion in secret Swiss bank accounts that has never been checked for possible tax cheats has recommended former finance minister George Papaconstantinou be charged with forging documents and breach of duty for his role.

He had denied any wrongdoing as the lawmakers were probing how the names of three of his relatives, said to owe 10 million euros ($13 million) in taxes and penalties, were erased from the so-called Lagarde List of people with deposits in the Geneva branch of HSBC.

The maximum penalty is life in prison. Papaconstantinou said he’s the victim of a political witch hunt and noted that his successor as finance minister, current PASOK Socialist leader as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, also had a copy of the list and isn’t being investigated. Papaconstantinou said the majority of lawmakers from the two-party coalition of PASOK and New Democracy have been directed to indict him.

Critics said that Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative party leader Antonis Samaras is trying to protect Venizelos, whom he brought into the government because he needs the votes of PASOK for a parliamentary majority and to avoid new elections.

The report was signed off on after Democratic Left (DIMAR) MP Vassilis Economou backed his six peers from New Democracy and PASOK. DIMAR had been in the government coalition until pulling out late last month after refusing to go along with the closing of the national broadcaster ERT and the firing of its 2,656 workers.

It was unclear whether MPs from Independent Greeks, the Communist Party and Golden Dawn would submit reports as well. Lawmakers from the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) denounced the procedure. Chairman Christos Markogiannakis from New Democracy, complained that as he was reading the indictment that others on the panel said to him: “You are a perjurer and prosecutor of the junta,” showing how tense it was.

The panel said it believed that the Lagarde List was given to Papaconstantinou in 2010 by then-French finance minister Christine Lagarde. He said it vanished while in his office’s possession. After current Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras vowed to find it, Venizelos late last year said he had a copy on a memory stick. Neither he nor Papaconstantinou checked it for tax cheats, nor has Stournaras.

The missing names were revealed when French authorities forwarded the original list, setting off the scandal that has led to Papaconstantinou’s indictment.


  • Alex

    KKE and, Syriza (a coaltioin of mostly communist parties) are BOTH communists.

    Unfortunately some our alleged moderate leftists (as well as foreign funded NGOs and media that call FYROM trolls “Macedonian” while pretending not to notice their little transformation) are so focused on GD… they seem to ignore that Syriza are made up of communist fanatics . (many of whom openly call for the obliteration of Europan nations for a Euro-communist super state aka Soviet Union)

    They constantly frame communist Syriza supporters as “human rights” and “democracy” advocates (see anti-Greek trolls at the New York Times and Guardian). For the communist version of “democracy” and “human rights”… visit any communist country during the cold war (or North Korea today)

  • Tonto

    There’s an old story of a politician in America who was touring his coinstituants in the countryside. When he reached a Native American reservation where many indigenous people still live he gave them a speech. The whole time he was making them promises, the crowd would shout the Indian word “humqua!” The politician not understanding their language assumed he was being applauded for his wonderful speech.

    As he and his Native American guide were getting back into the helicopter to fly back to Washington, the aid looked down at the ground.

  • worldarts

    And Alex… you are a CIA operative trying to used USA propaganda to keep Venizelos from going to jail where he belongs, along with you !!

  • worldarts

    Just more political FRAUD & ROT from PASOK and ND — But Why’ isn’t the Greek Justice System or TROIKA or the Greek Press asking where 250 million Euros went
    in bogus fraudulent loans to PASOK and ND Parties from their Banker cronies
    which they both so far “refuse” to account for ?!!!

    Where did this 250 million Euros in Greek Taxpayers money go to and into who’s personal pockets?? This money would have been a major bost to lost Greek revenues.

    WHY IS THE PRESS & JUSTICE SYSTEM NOT ASKING them QUESTIONS???

    THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS behaviour by the PRESS and this Gov’t of thieves & Liars !!

  • Alex

    Right. I am CIA. They pay me to complain about Skopians You found me out! You are a genius.

    Now why don’t you explain to actual Greeks here what party you support Worldarts (or do your alterego prefer Paul Johnston PhD?). Is it perhaps the second place treasonous communist Syriza that loves Skopians trolling our country? Or are you going to avoid answering the question again trollski?

  • ibid

    Someone has to take the fall. Better this nobody whos isnt from one of the dynastical families. karma is a bitch and it will catch up with the big boys eventually.

  • Alex

    OUTRAGIOUS
    REVOLT
    THIEVES AND LIARS
    etc.. etc..

    So what don’t you answer the question coward? Since you hate Pasok and ND who do you support? Treasonous communist Syriza or GD?