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Hot Doc Website Leaked Lagarde List---Greek Politicians, Big Names

October 28 2012 at 7:49 AM
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Lagarde List Leaked: Greek Politicians, Big Names
By Andy Dabilis on October 27, 2012 in Economy, News, Politics


Lagarde List Leaked

A closely-kept secret by the Greek government the names of 1,991 people who made $1.95 billion in deposits in the Geneva, Switzerland HSBC bank branch has been released by a Greek investigative journalist and immediately went viral on the Internet, listing several politicians, an advisor to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, well-known businessmen, journalists, doctors, lawyers and engineers, actors and civil servants some of them working at the Finance Ministry.

The list contains also the names of three former ministers, of whom one died sometime ago. Also the names of owners of enterprises that have gone bankrupt. But also students studying abroad, pensioners and housewives.

Former Minister George Voulgarakis is on the list

The names were said to come from an original list given by former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde now the head of the International Monetary Fund, one of Greeces Troika of international lenders to former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou who said he lost them.

That prompted his successor, Evangelos Venizelos, now the current head of the PASOK Socialists, to produce a copy he said he had on a memory stick and set off an investigation by Greek prosecutors as to whether any of those listed had evaded taxes. Its not unlawful for Greeks to have accounts in another country as long as they are declared and taxes are paid on them.

Greek authorities did not confirm that the list printed on Oct. 27 in Hot Doc, a weekly magazine published by investigative journalist Costas Vaxevanis, were those on the Lagarde list, given to Greece in 2010 as part of a longer list on a CD that came from stolen records from the bank, the reason Venizelos said he never acted on it, although Lagarde said other countries who found names of their citizens have used it to prosecute tax cheats.

Neither Papaconstantinou nor Venizelos indicated there were any politicians on the list and the government wanted the names kept secret as Samaras is proceeding with a $17.45 billion spending cut and tax hike plan while tax evaders who owe the country $70 billion have largely escaped Greeces crushing economic crisis. The plan includes more pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions affecting workers, pensioners and the poor while Greeces politicians, rich elite and tax heats have been relatively unaffected.

The embarrassing release came only a day after Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Nikos Pantelis asked for Parliament to be briefed regarding any politicians on list. Former minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, from Samaras New Democracy Conservatives, whose name is on the list, said it was disinformation and mudslinging and declared via his Twitter account, Neither my wife nor I have any offshore companies or foreign bank accounts.

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Not only Greeks but also name of foreign nationals are on the list apparently having transferred money to HSBC from Greek banks. Hot Doc stressed that people on the list should not be considered tax evaders unless it is proved they did not pay taxes on the deposits.

But it said: It is apparent that a large portion of deposits are not justified with the income of depositors. Proof is that most accounts were closed after the bank briefed on the data leaking. Vaxevanis wrote that he had received the list content on a USB memory stick by somebody who wrote to HOT DOC that s/he believed that the list has been misused for political and economic purposes for two years.

The HSBC data were stolen by former bank employee Herve Falciani in 2007. While countries like France, UK and Germany pursued tax evaders, Greece kept moving it from one place to another until Papaconstantinou said it was lost, and he blamed his aides and it became apparent that no politician wanted to get involved.

There was no immediate reaction from the government, which is rushing to finalize the new austerity plan and ram it through Parliament before a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers on Nov. 14 so that a pending $38.8 billion loan installment can be released.

The Hot Doc website stated: Our controls led to the conclusion that this is the list of Greek depositors to HSBC until 2007 when the leak started. So this list was identical to the Lagarde-List. But we cannot check if this is the (original) list received by Papaconstantinou or a list being formed later after the removal of some names in an potential attempt to hide evidence.

Until now, one journalist said that he had no bank account abroad and a well-known lawyer declared that his family had transferred money abroad in the late 1980ss to cover surgery expenses for a family member. Another journalist said he had no money abroad at that time, while a former New Democracy minister and his wife dismissed any connection to the list. While the Hot Doc list did not show how much money was deposited by each individual, that information was reportedly on the original list


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Re: Hot Doc Website Leaked Lagarde List---Greek Politicians, Big Names

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October 28 2012, 8:27 AM 

This is insane! A whole nation from top to bottom is corrupt to the core. This is instilled in every Greeks personnality and way of life!

How can a nation be so corrupt which as been part of the European Union for so many years?

Again reading the above post just vindicates what really is a part of Greek society!

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October 28 2012, 11:06 AM 



GREEKS WANT TO CROSS WHO LEAKED THE LIST : Costas Vaxevanis







Prosecutor Orders Arrest of Greek Journalist who Leaked Swiss Accounts List
By Anastasios Papapostolou on October 28, 2012 in News, Politics
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Costas-VaxevanisGreek police are seeking to locate and arrest Costas Vaxevanis, the Greek journalist who published the list with the names of 1,991 people who made $1.95 billion in deposits in the Geneva, Switzerland HSBC bank branch.

Greek police said that the prosecutor ordered the arrest of the investigative journalist and publisher of Hot-Doc magazine because by publishing the list he violated the Greek laws on releasing private data.

The prosecutor issued a warrant for Vaxevaniss arrest because he published a list of names without special permission and violated the law on personal data, a police official said.

Its not unlawful for Greeks to have accounts in another country as long as they are declared and taxes are paid on them.

Hot Doc stressed that people on the list should not be considered tax evaders unless it is proved they did not pay taxes on the deposits.

It is apparent that a large portion of deposits are not justified with the income of depositors. Proof is that most accounts were closed after the bank briefed on the data leaking.

Vaxevanis wrote that he had received the list content on a USB memory stick by somebody who wrote to HOT DOC that s/he believed that the list has been misused for political and economic purposes for two years.

Watch the video with Vaxevanis response after the prosecutor ordered his arrest:


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October 28 2012, 11:12 AM 





Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis Arrested for Publishing Lagarde-List

Posted by keeptalkinggreece in Politics

Greek Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis was arrested on Sunday morning at his home for publishing 2,059 names of Greek HSBC-account holders whose names were on so-called Lagarde-List.

The journalist wrote on his Twitter account during his arrest:

@KostasVaxevanis Theyre coming in the house with a prosecutor now. They are arresting me. Spread

He was arrested at 11 o clock in the morning, the moment the military parade was starting in Thessaloniki to commemorate the NO Greeks said to Axis Forces on 28. October 2012.

An hour before his arrest Vaxevanis had Tweeted:

Outside my home are 15 policemen. Let them come in and arrest me like German collaborators.

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October 29 2012, 5:16 PM 



Vaxevanis trial postponed

A Greek court on Monday postponed the trial of Greek investigative reporter and Hot Doc editor Costas Vaxevanis who is facing misdemeanor charges over the publication of a list including the names of over 2,000 Greeks holding accounts in a HSBC branch in Geneva. A new trial date was set for Thursday, November 1.

Dubbed the Lagarde List the names had been communicated to former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou by his French counterpart at the time, Christine Lagarde.

Coming out of the Athens court complex on Monday afternoon Vaxevanis told journalists that it was his duty to publish the list which remained unexploited for two years.

The authenticity of the list published by Hot Doc has yet to be verified by Greek authorities.

Vaxevanis was arrested on Sunday for violating data privacy laws and was released later on the same day.

According to statements made by Vaxevanis' lawyers on Monday, the journalist's defense team will seek to unveil the cases political dimension.

Meanwhile, according to reports, the trial was postponed in order to allow certain individuals whose names were included on the list to testify as witnesses.


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