Prosecutor looking into transfer of millions by ex-ATE chief

One of the two prosecutors specially appointed to investigate financial matters, Spyros Mouzakitis, is to look into the transfer abroad of several million euros by the former head of ATEbank, Theodoros Pantalakis.

It emerged on Monday that Mouzakitis has asked the financial crimes squad (SDOE) to investigate how Pantalakis earned the money and whether he evaded taxes.

Pantalakis insists that he paid tax on the money and that it is part of his family?s assets. He said the money was moved abroad in installments for the purpose of buying a property.

Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos revealed to a parliamentary committee last week that the transfer of up to 10 million euros by an ATEbank official was being investigated by Greece?s anti-money laundering agency. He did not name Pantalakis but the banker — who resigned his position at ATE last month, a few days before its healthy part was taken over by Piraeus Bank — later confirmed to the media that he transferred the money abroad.