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MPs vote to indict ex-finance minister George Papakonstantinou

To face charges of tampering with the Lagarde list

Majority of MPs vote to lift George Papakonstantinou's immunity from prosecution over the fate of the Lagarde list of potential tax evaders

George Papakonstantinou served as finance minister during negotiations for the country's first international bailout in 2010 George Papakonstantinou served as finance minister during negotiations for the country's first international bailout in 2010 Parliament has voted to indict a former Pasok finance minister over his handling of data on Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

A panel of senior judges will determine in coming days whether Yiorgos Papakonstantinou should face trial on criminal charges of alleged breach of duty and tampering with a document.

A majority of MPs voted early on Tuesday morning to lift Papakonstantinou's immunity from prosecution over the fate of a list of about 2,000 names of deposit holders with accounts in the HSBC in Geneva – which has become known as the Lagarde list.

French authorities gave the list to the Greek government in 2010, on the understanding that the information would be used to fight tax evasion.

But citing legal concerns, the Greek authorities failed to investigate the data, which came in the form of a memory stick.

It is alleged that Papakonstantinou, who served as finance minister between 2009 and 2011 and negotiated the country's first bailout agreement with the troika in 2010, had the names of three of his relatives removed from the list. A parliamentary committee was set up to investigate the failure to act on the information contained in the Lagarde list.

Speaking in parliament during the debate on Monday, Papakonstantinou denied wrongdoing, arguing he was the victim of a smear campaign.

Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis will stand retrial in October over his publication of the Lagarde list.

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