Verdict in ex-finance minister’s trial expected Tuesday

The special court trying former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou, charged with criminal counts of doctoring a document and of attempted breach of faith, is expected to deliver its verdict on Tuesday afternoon, the state-run Athens Macedonian News Agency has reported.

If found guilty, Papaconstantinou could face a life sentence without extenuating circumstances.

The former finance chief has been accused of removing the names of three relatives from a list of Greek depositors with accounts at a Geneva branch of HSBC.

Papaconstantinou has denied the charges, claiming he has been framed.

His relatives’ names appeared on a list of 2,062 Greeks with money at the Swiss branch, which was delivered to Greece by the French Finance Ministry when IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde was at its helm in Paris.

The so-called ‘Lagarde list’ was intended to be investigated for possible tax cheats.

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