The Greek journalist, Kostas Vaxevanis, was unanimously acquitted for publishing the content of the Lagarde list.
The court prosecutor that was assigned to the case suggested that Mr. Vaxevanis should be found guilty of publishing the Lagarde List in his magazine Hot Doc.
The public prosecutor referred to the fact that the persons’ professions were noted in the list, next to their names, a violation of private information and they hadn’t given their consent for its publication.
“The purpose of the trial is not to censor or intimidate but to set the limits for the two statutory rights which sometimes collide,” said the prosecutor.
He added that there would be a different approach to the case, if Mr. Vaxevanis had published the names of people who were in public office or associated with such people as intermediaries.”
During his plea the journalist argued that the goal of publicizing the Lagarde list was “to expose the corrupted system that oppresses Greece.”
It should be noted that in the first instance Kostas Vaxevanis was declared innocent, but right now he is being tried again after the Prosecutor of Athens appealed in favor of the law.