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    The former Minister of Finances Giorgos Papakonstantinou is expected to take the stand in the Special Court today, where he…

    The former Minister of Finances Giorgos Papakonstantinou is expected to take the stand in the Special Court today, where he will address charges in relation to the infamous Lagarde list.

    Mr. Papakonstantinou faces two serious felonies – tampering an official State document and attempted breach of faith – during his two-year tenure as Finance Minister in the Giorgos Papandreou administration between 2009 and 2011.

    According to the charges brought against him, Mr. Papakonstantinou is alleged to have tampered a list of 2,000 Greek citizens who owned bank accounts in a HSBC branch in Geneva, who are suspected of tax evasion. The names three relatives of Mr. Papakonstantinou were found to have been removed from the list.

    The court president may provide a clarification that the trial will focus on the criminal liabilities of Mr. Papakonstantinou, rather than the general social, financial or political landscape.

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