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Former Samaras adviser denies ownership of company on Lagarde list

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Stavros Papastavrou, who served as an adviser to former prime minister Antonis Samaras, on Tuesday said reports linking him to the ownership of a company listed on the Lagarde list were “twisting the truth.”

Papastavrou, a lawyer, paid a 3.5-million-euro fine in February to avoid a criminal investigation into the deposit in question, but he also said that he would appeal the penalty as the account’s beneficiary was Greek-Israeli businessman Sabby Mionis, a client of Papastavrou’s.

However, reports citing court documents relating to the Virgin Islands-registered company that held the account indicated that Papastavrou may have been the owner.

He argued, though, that there had been a selective use of documents and that he is clearly listed as a trustee rather than actual owner.