Former Greek FinMin to Appear Before Special Court



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By an irrevocable decree of the Special Court’s judicial council, which is no subject to an appeal, and in accordance with the ministerial responsibility law, Greece’s Former Finance Minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou will be referred to the Special Court, where he will be asked to address charges of distorting documents and attempted breach of faith.

At the same time, his family members (cousin Eleni Papakonstantinou, her husband Simeon Sikiaridis and Andreas Rossonis) initially engaged in the Lagarde List case on charges of inciting to distort a public document, are not referred to the Special Court, since they are all cleared of the charges, as it was proved they were committed by the Former Minister himself. The decision regarding Papakonstantinou was taken by a majority vote of four to one.

The Former Finance Minister is accused of removing the names of relatives from the infamous Lagarde List, containing the overseas bank account details of Greek taxpayers.

The trial should begin within the next two months and the Parliament President will draw thirteen members and six alternates to establish the Special Court, chosen among the members of the Supreme Court and the Council of State, in an open discussion.

It should be noted that the last time a Minister was referred to the Special Court was 25 years ago, in 1989, regarding the infamous Koskotas case. Those referred were Menios Koutsogiorgas, Panagiotis Roumeliotis, Giorgos Petsos and Dimitris Tsovolas.