Greek ex-finance minister expelled from party for nepotism

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Dec 29, 2012 07:00 Moscow Time

George Papaconstantinou

George Papaconstantinou

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Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, under whose guidance the country went de facto bankrupt and was forced to seek EU and IMF loans, has been expelled from his left-of-center party PASOK.

The ex-finance minister is at the center of a scandal after having allegedly struck off his relatives from a list of Greeks with Swiss banks accounts that authorities are using to investigate possible tax evasion.

Previously, Athens had received the original “Lagarde list”, which contained the names of Greek officials and their relatives – all of them major depositors of the Swiss bank HSBC.

After comparing the list with the one found in the Greek Finance Ministry, it was discovered there was a difference in four names – all relatives of Papaconstantinou.

Voice of Russia, RIA


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