MPs investigating Papaconstantinou over Lagarde list await report on ex-minister’s relatives

The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) is due to deliver today to the parliamentary committee investigating ex-Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou over the Lagarde list the findings of its investigation in his relatives’ financial affairs.

Papaconstantinou is accused of deleting from the list of more than 2,000 Greeks with deposits at HSBC in Geneva, the details of two of his cousins and their husbands. The ex-minister denies tampering with the list.

The committee has been waiting for SDOE’s report to assess whether Papaconstantinou had an alleged motive to remove his relatives’ names from the list, which authorities were to use to check for tax evasion.

Proto Thema newspaper alleged that SDOE found the two couples failed to declare 5.3 million euros in income to Greek tax authorities and are to be fined 10 million euros as a result. The paper quoted anonymous sources for its story.