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Prosecutors waiting for new 'Lagarde list' to take action

Financial prosecutors Grigoris Peponis and Spyros Mouzakitis are due to receive next week the original version of data relating to some 2,000 Greeks with accounts in the Geneva branch of HSBC before deciding whether charges should be pressed against any of those on the list, Kathimerini understands.

The prosecutors are also due to send this week the results of their preliminary probe into the actions of former finance ministers Giorgos Papaconstantinou and Evangelos Venizelos to Parliament so MPs can decide whether the pair should face a House inquiry over their handling of the list, first provided by then French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde in 2010.

Peponis and Mouzakitis will check the list they receive from France against the one provided by Venizelos several weeks ago. They will then be in a position to determine who on the list should face charges of tax evasion or other financial crimes.

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