The economic prosecutor is poised to launch an investigation of Greek citizens whose names appear in the so-called Paradise Papers, a list of global tax avoiders.
There are reportedly 130 names of Greek citizens and 252 addresses in Greece in the over 6,000 pages – of a total of 6.5 million leaked documents – concerning Greek citizens and businesses, according to the US based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The consortium has coordinated a global network of 96 media partners with 380 journalists from 67 countries, who have been analysing the papers.
The head of the economic prosecutor’s office, Marianna Psaroudaki, has already ordered a preliminary investigation of the Greek citizens and businesses whose names appear in the papers, as the Sunday edition of To Vima reported.
The information comes from various tax havens, including Malta, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Labuan, the Marshall Islands, Nevis Island, and Saint Lucia.
The probe will begin immediately upon receipt of the complete data on Greeks by the economic prosecutor.
Psaroudaki intends to compare the data gleaned from the Paradise Papers with other previously published and well-known lists of tax avoiders and tax evaders – such as the so-called Lagarde List and the Luxembourg Leaks – which include names of individuals or legal entities suspected of tax evasion and laundering.
Psaroudakis was appointed this past June by the Supreme Judicial Council of the Areios Pagos, Greece’s Supreme Court.