Lagarde ‘death threats’ may be probed

Judicial authorities are expected to launch an investigation into claims by International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde that she received death threats after pushing for a crackdown on Greek tax evasion, Kathimerini understands.

Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou sent a letter to Lagarde, asking her to provide details about the threats, it emerged Tuesday.

In an interview with the Financial Times published last Friday, Lagarde was quoted as saying that her criticism of Greek tax evasion led to warnings. “I better not say too much because, you know, when I have talked about Greece and its taxes before, I got death threats and we had to increase security,” she said. “But is the shipping industry really paying its taxes? Are others? I don’t think so.”

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