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Lagarde list probe focuses on ex-SDOE chief

Former Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) chief Yiannis Diotis is to appear before prosecutors Tuesday in connection with his handling of the so-called Lagarde list of Greek creditors with Swiss bank accounts after his predecessor, Yiannis Kapeleris, claimed Monday that he had not been given the data.

Prosecutors are trying to determine who removed the names of three relatives of former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou from the list.

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

According to sources, Diotis is expected to stress that he did not tamper with the list or create a new copy.

In a written deposition given to prosecutors Monday, Kapeleris claimed he was not given a USB stick containing the Lagarde list but a printout with a few names.

On Thursday MPs will vote on whether Papaconstantinou and Venizelos should be investigated by a parliamentary committee.