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Former EYP chief to testify in Lagarde probe

The former chief of the National Intelligence Service (EYP) Constantinos Bikas was expected to testify before the parliamentary committee probing the handling of the so-called Lagarde list containing the names of about 2,000 Greeks with deposit accounts at a Geneva branch of HSBC on Thursday.

His testimony was deemed necessary following that of the former head of the Financial Crimes Squad, SDOE, Yiannis Diotis, on Tuesday.

Diotis noted that while he had received the USB device from Papaconstantinou in June 2011, ahead of a government reshuffle, he later discovered an email message dated July 7, in which the former finance minister, by then appointed Environment Minister, asked him whether he had received the memory stick.

During the investigation it emerged that Diotis was working on the case with Bikas and that the latter was, in turn, keeping former Prime Minister George Papandreou informed.

The head of the parliamentary committee Christos Markoyiannakis on Wednesday noted that the former Greek premier’s testimony in the case was ‘imperative.’ Meanwhile, Diotis continued his testimony before the parliamentary committee on Wednesday.