Greek Journalist to be Tried Again over Swiss Bank Lists

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Greek officials say a recently acquitted journalist will be tried again for publishing the names of thousands of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

Authorities say a prosecutor has appealed a court's November 1 acquittal of Costas Vaxevanis. The prosecutor believes the court's decision was faulty.

Vaxevanis faces at least two years in prison for publishing the so-called “Lagarde List,” a document containing the names of more than 2,000 Greek HSBC Bank account holders in Switzerland.

The list was given to Greece by French authorities in 2010. It has been called the “Lagarde List” after Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary fund who was the French finance minister when the list was handed over.

Vaxevanis' first trial was an embarrassment for the government. The journalist has accused politicians of hiding the truth and protecting the wealthy elite.