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Prosecutor orders probe into Lagarde, Tsipras ‘death threats’

A Supreme Court prosecutor has ordered a probe into claims by International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras that they received death threats for speaking out on tax evasion, Kathimerini understands.

Earlier this week, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou sent a letter to Lagarde, asking her to provide details about the alleged threats.

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.”

Tsipras made similar allegations during an interview at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) this weekend.