ATHENS - Supreme Court Deputy Prosecutor Vassilis Pliotas has recommended that former finance minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou should stand trial for allegedly removing the names of three cousins from a list of Greeks with secret Swiss bank accounts.
The charge was handed up to the country’s judicial council. Parliament had earlier also said Papaconstantinou, who has denied wrongdoing, should be prosecuted.
Pliotas said that Papaconstantinou should be tried for two felonies – breach of faith and doctoring an official document – and one misdemeanor – breach of duty.
He also recommended that his cousin, Eleni Papaconstantinou, and her husband Symeon Sikiaridis, also stand trial along with Andreas Rossonis, husband of Marina Papaconstantinou, another cousin of the ex-minister.
Papaconstantinou was given a CD in 2010 from then-French finance chief Christine Lagarde of 2,062 Greeks with $1.5 billion in the Geneva branch of HSBC but said it vanished.
A copy produced by his successor, Evangelos Venizelos – now head of the PASOK Socialists who are partners in the coalition government headed by Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Antonis Samaras – showed that three names had been removed.
Venizelos was not charged with failing to vet the list for possible tax cheats although a subsequent investigation has shown rampant tax cheating among the depositors.
Papaconstantinou faced a special magistrate last month and was released after posting 30,000 euros bail.