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Falciani quizzed once more over Lagarde list

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Greek prosecutors have traveled abroad to question for a second time the man who provided the so-called Lagarde list of Greeks with deposits in Switzerland.

Sources said that prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki headed a team of judicial officials that went to meet former HSBC employee Herve Falciani to ask him follow-up questions regarding the accounts and depositors included on the Lagarde list of more than 2,000 Greeks.

Greek prosecutors last questioned Falciani in September, when a team of four judicial officials traveled to Paris to speak to the IT expert. At the time, Falciani praised the coalition for rekindling the investigation into the list, which was first provided to Greece in 2010 and is thought to contain the details of a number of tax evaders.

At the time of Falciani’s first questioning, Greek authorities had completed inspections on 170 names from the list of hundreds of depositors, drawing 80 million euros in revenue for the state.

In December last year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Falciani had provided Greek authorities with information on suspicious international transactions. He did not give further details.

Sources said that the latest round of questioning was ordered by financial prosecutor Panayiotis Athanasiou.