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ATHENS – A special court hearing breach of duty charges against former Greek finance minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou has finished the trial and due to deliver a verdict on March 25.

Papaconstantinou has denied he removed the names of three relatives from a list of 2,062 Greeks with 1.5 billion euros in secret Swiss bank accounts which has been shown to be full of tax cheats, none of whom have been prosecuted or jailed.

He denied doctoring the list and said he is a scapegoat for the country’s economic crisis and that other other politicians have been protected for wrongdoing while he is being sacrificed to detract attention.

The trial wrapped up on March 20 with summing up from one of the ex-minister’s lawyers, Vassilis Dimakopoulos who said Papaconstantinou did not remove the names of three relatives from the list handed over by French authorities in 2010.

He also said the statute of limitations had expired in the case. No action has been taken against Papaconstantinou’s successor, now PASOK Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos who had a copy of the list but never acted on it.

The man who appointed both, former Premier George Papandreou, said he knew nothing about nothing surrounding the case and left PASOK to form his own party, which failed to get into Parliament.

Source: The National Herald
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