Greek ex-finance chief faces probe

AFP-JIJI

Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou must face an investigation for allegedly tampering with a confidential tax list in late 2010, a judicial council ruled Sunday.

The five-member council decided that Papaconstantinou’s case must go forward despite a statute-of-limitations rule that it should be thrown out after two consecutive sessions of parliament.

The former Socialist minister faces charges of breach of trust, falsifying documents and breach of duty.

Papaconstantinou, 52, is suspected of deleting the names of three of his relatives from a document listing some 2,000 Greek citizens with accounts at HSBC bank in Switzerland in order to undermine a probe into tax evasion.