The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) is examining details of the bank accounts of the three relatives of former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou whose names were removed from the so-called Lagarde list of wealthy Greek depositors, and is to provide the parliamentary committee probing Papaconstantinou’s handling of the list with a report soon, Kathimerini understands.
Once the committee receives the report, it will summon the relatives and also seek testimony from Papaconstantinou, the latter’s successor and current PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and former Socialist Premier George Papandreou. Former technocrat Premier Lucas Papademos is not expected to be summoned.
On Tuesday the committee heard the testimony of Nikos Lekkas, head of inspections at SDOE, who reportedly refuted claims by SDOE chief Stelios Stasinopoulos that Lekkas had linked Papandreou’s mother, Margarita, to a 550-million-euro account on the Lagarde list. Lekkas reportedly added that SDOE urgently needs additional staff to plow through pending cases.
In a related development, a financier called Sabby Mionis who has been identified as the manager of the 550-million-euro account on the Lagarde list sent a written deposition to the committee declaring that the cash does not belong to him and speaking of “disinformation.”