Greece approves commission to probe ex-finance minister

Papaconstantinou suspected of doctoring tax evasion target list

18 January, 10:04

Greece voted on tax evasion probe Greece voted on tax evasion probe

(ANSAmed) - Athens, January 18 - In one of the most tempestuous meetings in recent years, the Greek parliament voted 265 to 35 in favor of instituting an parliamentary commission to investigate allegations that ex-Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou may have helped relatives avoid scrutiny for tax evasion.

The proposal to form the commission was put forward by the three parties that sustain Greece's current government - the centre-right party New Democracy (ND), the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), and the Democratic Left (DIMAR). The allegations against Papaconstantinou regard the so-called "Lagarde List", named after International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief and ex-finance minister of France, Christine Lagarde.

Papaconstantinou is suspected of having removed his relatives' names from a list of Greek citizens owning Swiss bank accounts - with deposits worth a total of roughly two billion euros - and who are suspected of tax evasion.

In the same session, the Greek parliament rejected proposals to launch criminal probes into the roles of other politicians in the same affair. The radical left party Syriza wanted an investigation ex-finance minister and current Pasok leader, Evangelos Venizelos.

The rightwing Independent Greeks and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party proposed probes into ex-premiers Giorgos Papandreou and Lucas Papademos. (ANSAmed).

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