Former finance minister appears in court over Lagarde list

Greek Former Finance minister, Giorgos Papaconstantinou, appeared before a Special Court in Athens, on Wednesday, charged with tampering with the ‘Lagarde list’ containing the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with cash deposits at a Geneva branch of HSBC in an effort to remove the names of three of his relatives.

Papaconstantinou, who is facing the criminal charges of tampering with a public document and attempted breach of trust, in his opening statement told the court: “I am innocent, I categorically deny all charges.”

Papaconstantinou said he did not wish to have photos of him taken, but the presiding judge Nikolaos Passos replied he was a public figure that attracts media attention.