Questions for Diotis as prosecutors unravel Lagarde list

The former head of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), Yiannis Diotis (photo), is due to appear before financial prosecutors Monday or Tuesday to face further questioning with regard to the handling of the Lagarde list, which continues to produce new questions on a daily basis.

Diotis is now seen as a key figure in the investigation after a forensic examination of the USB stick containing the list of Greek depositors, which had been given to prosecutors by PASOK leader and ex-Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, revealed that the data had been transferred onto the device on July 8, 2011. At the time the flash drive is thought to have been in SDOE’s possession.

Prosecutors are trying to find out who doctored the information to remove accounts belonging to three of ex-Finance Minister Giorgos Papconstantinou’s relatives. On Thursday MPs will vote on whether Papaconstantinou, Venizelos and ex-prime ministers George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos should be investigated by a parliamentary committee.

SYRIZA wants Venizelos to be probed, while leftist MP Zoe Constantopoulou claimed on Saturday that the PASOK leader had taken part in a meeting with Papaconstantinou, Papandreou and Diotis to discuss tax evasion on the same day that the data was transferred to the USB stick – July 8, 2011.