Ex-SDOE chief Kapeleris released unconditionally

The head of Greece’s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) when Giorgos Papaconstantinou was financial minister in 2010, Yiannis Kapeleris, was released unconditionally on Tuesday after facing magistrates Christos Papacostas and Dimitris Kavalaris over charges of breach of trust in connection with the Lagarde list.

Kapeleris denies ever receiving the list containing the names of 2,062 Greeks with deposit accounts at a Geneva branch of HSBC.

According to reports, on Tuedsay Kapeleris told the magistrates that he was never ordered by Papaconstantinou to investigate the people on the list – whose existence he was not aware of initially – but was ordered to probe the tax details of a group of 10 people.

His successor and co-defendant, Yiannis Diotis, was expected to face the two magistrates on Wednesday.

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