The State Minister Panagiotis Nikoloudis appeared pessimistic when asked about the result of the investigations into the Lagarde list and other similar lists of overseas accounts held by Greek nationals.
Mr. Nikoloudis explained that the inspections are “particularly difficult”, given that the Swiss government considers the data contained in the lists to have been handed over to Greek authorities illegally and as such, is not providing further evidence.
In order to come to any safe conclusions, Mr. Nikoloudis explained that data from other lists and sources must be cross-referenced. Given his experience at the helm of the anti corruption authority in Greece, he recognized that this was no easy task and that the Greek state cannot solve this problem on its own.
Regarding the inspection of 766 offshore companies, Mr. Nikoloudis revealed that 72 have already been investigated, with a further 365 inspections currently in progress. He also revealed that he has asked SDOE to expedite the inspection of the case of Stavros Papastavrou, who acted as a consultant to former PM Antonis Samaras.