Ex-PM George Papandreou to submit written statement to Lagarde list probe

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou is expected on Tuesday to submit written testimony to the parliamentary committee investigating whether ex-Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou tampered with the so-called Lagarde list of Greek depositors, an accusation he has flatly denied.

The head of the panel, New Democracy’s Christos Markoyiannakis, had spoken with the former premier – during whose term Papaconstantinou served as finance chief – last week to ask him how he would be responding to a summons to appear before the committee to testify as to whether he had any knowledge of how the list of Greeks with money at HSBC in Geneva was handled after French authorities gave it to Papaconstantinou and he passed it on to financial investigators.

Papandreou said that he would not be appearing in person but sending a written statement instead, which will be the last testimony in the inquiry.