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Former minister could face tax-evasion charges

Fraud squad launches investigation after wife of former Pasok minister Yiannos Papantoniou appeared on the infamous Lagarde List which identified around 2,000 Greeks with deposits at a Geneva branch of HSBC. Stavroula Kourakou was found to have allegedly deposited about €1.3m

Yiannos Papantoniou Yiannos Papantoniou Former defence and finance minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, could be forced to face trial on charges of alleged tax evasion of €3m between 2000 and 2010, it emerged on Thursday.

The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) launched the investigation after Kourakou’s name appeared on the infamous Lagarde List which identified around 2,000 Greeks with deposits at a Geneva branch of HSBC. Kourakou was found to have allegedly deposited about €1.3m.

Papantoniou and his wife were released on bail in April after appearing before a magistrate accused of failing to declare their assets in their annual origin of wealth declarations.

Prosecutor Popi Papandreou cannot press charges for tax evasion against the ex-minister official and his wife before the case file is reviewed by the relevant tax office, which must complete the audit and then notify a prosecutor if the tax evasion did indeed take place.

Papantoniou served as minister for finance and economics from 1994 to 2001, economics minister from 2001 to 2004 and defence minister from 2003 to 2004. 

He and two New Democracy former ministers – Petros Doukas and Yiorgos Voulgarakis – were charged in March for failing to fully declare their assets on the origin of wealth declarations.

 

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