Ex-Greek PM takes legal action against HSBC list tipster

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou filed a suit at the Athens Court of First Instance on Friday against Herve Falciani, the former HSBC employee who leaked the details of thousands of depositors to authorities, including the Greeks included on the so-called Lagarde list.

In his recent book Falciani claims that Papandreou was blackmailed into signing Greece’s bailout so details of a 500-billion-euro account allegedly held by his mother in Switzerland would not be revealed.

In a statement issued after the suit was filed, Papandreou labeled the claims “terrible defamation.”

Papandreou has pointed out in the past that the claim about his mother possessing a large bank account abroad has been made before and that the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has confirmed in writing that this is not the case.

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