Greek ex-finance minister gets caught up in scandal
APATHENS--Greece's former finance minister is at the center of an escalating political scandal after three of his relatives were allegedly found missing from a list of Greeks with Swiss banks accounts that authorities are using to investigate possible tax evasion.
December 30, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
George Papaconstantinou, who was the main architect of debt-ridden Greece's first austerity program, was expelled from his Socialist party after the allegations came to light Friday. The party said he had “handled the list in the worst possible way.”
Prosecutors had cross-checked the list originally handed over to the Finance Ministry by French authorities in 2010 — while Papaconstantinou was minister — with another copy supplied by France last week.
The prosecutors said three people related to a former minister were not on the first list.