Supreme Court prosecutor says ex-finance minister should face felony charges

The Supreme Court’s deputy prosecutor on Wednesday proposed that former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou – who is being accused of tampering with a list naming Greeks, including four of his relatives, with large deposits at an HSBC bank branch in Geneva – be indicted on charges of breach of faith, violation of duty and doctoring a document.

In a six-page proposal to a council of judges which will make the final decision on whether to indict the ex-minister, Anastasios Kanellopoulos said that there are legal grounds for an indictment.

According to Kanellopoulos, Papaconstantinou is not protected by the statue of limitations, which dictates that offenses allegedly committed by ex-ministers expire if two parliaments have sat since the offense. The prosecutor said that the Parliament formed following the first of two successive elections in the summer of 2012, on May 6, cannot be deemed as having operated normally as it convened for just a day.

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