Former PASOK minister could face tax evasion charges

Former Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, could face charges for allegedly evading 3 million euros in taxes between 2000 and 2010, according to reports

The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has been investigating their assets after Kourakou appeared on the so-called Lagarde list, which contained the names of some 2,000 Greeks with deposits at a Geneva branch of HSBC. She was found to have deposited about 1.3 million euros in savings in Switzerland.

The investigation was ordered by prosecutor Popi Papandreou who wanted to discover whether taxes had been paid on these savings.

However, reports said Papandreou did not press charges for tax evasion against the ex-PASOK official and his wife as the law stipulates that the case file must first be taken to the relevant tax office, which must complete the checks and then notify a prosecutor if the tax evasion is confirmed.

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