Emergence Of ‘The Lagarde List’ – Please note the October 8, 2012 date
of publication. . . ~J
Posted on October 28, 2012
Matthew Boesler | Oct. 8, 2012, 8:33 PM
Source: Business Insider
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a list containing 1,991 names of wealthy, Swiss-bank-account-possessing
Greeks who are being investigated for corruption and tax evasion – is
causing a major stir in Greece right now.
Since Friday, two men suspected to be on the list have turned up dead in apparent suicides.
Here is what has happened in the past few days.
Last Tuesday, October 3, the “Lagarde List” was passed to Greek prime
minister Antonis Samaras from PASOK party leader and former finance
minister Evangelos Venizelos.
Apparently, it had been “missing,” according to a Financial Times article from a few days prior, and current finance minister Yannis Stournaras had vowed to track it down.
From the FT:
Yannis Stournaras, the finance minister, told the FT on Sunday that
he would pursue the issue of the missing CD with Greek depositors names
“as a priority”.
“I first learnt of its existence last week from the
newspapers . . . but if SDOE can’t track it down, then we’ll ask our
European partners for another copy,” Mr Stournaras said.
This provided the impetus for Venizelos to hand over the list to Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras last Tuesday, saying he had already made Greece’s financial crimes unit, SDOE, aware of it, as reported by Kathimerini.
Venizelos was given the list by his predecessor, former finance
minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou, who received it from Christine
Lagarde in 2010, when she was serving as France’s finance minister.
Immediately after Samaras received the list from Venizelos, Yiannis Sbokos, a former Greek minister involved in defense, was arrested by SDOE over financial corruption.
Leonidas Tzanis, a former Greek minister who had been under investigation, was found hanged in his home last Friday. The
Press Association reports that “the official said Mr Tzanis’s death is
being treated as suicide but no suicide note has been found.”
Now, today, Vlassis Kambouroglou, a wealthy Greek businessman
in the defense industry, has been found dead in a hotel room in
The Greek Reporter has the details on Kambouroglou:
A Greek businessman who had been accused of being part of the bribery
and money laundering network involving former Defense Minister Akis
Tsochatzopoulos, who is in jail on charges of stealing as much as $1.29
billion from defense contracts, has been found dead in a hotel room in
Vlassis Kambouroglou was the Managing Director of Drumilan
International, which was involved in the sale of a Russian-made TOR-M1
missile system to Greece. Authorities in Indonesia did not say
how he died. Kambouroglou was called to testify before a Parliamentary
inquiry into the arms deal in 2004 but denied that his company made any
money from the deal. No charges were brought against him.
Now, Stournaras, Papaconstantinou, Venizelos, and another are going to have to testify before the Greek parliament on the list, according to Kathimerini:
Parliament’s ethics and transparency committee on Monday voted in
favor of Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and three former ministers —
Evangelos Venizelos, who now leads socialist PASOK, Filippos Sachinidis
and Giorgos Papaconstantinou — being called before the House to reveal
what they know about the so-called “Lagarde list” — a list of some 2,000
Greeks with deposits in Swiss banks who are being probed for tax
According to sources, Venizelos and Papaconstantinou testified over
the weekend before financial prosecutor Grigoris Peponis in connection
with the list, which Papaconstantinou claims to have received from
former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is now head of the
International Monetary Fund. No details about the former ministers’
testimonies were released but they are believed to have repeated the
positions they have expressed publicly to date on the matter.
Venizelos faces some serious questions, as members of parliament want
to know if he’s been in possession of the list for a long time. The
concern is that he may have been shielding fellow PASOK party members
from being exposed.
Venizelos was also the most recent finance minister before the
current one and served as the deputy prime minister before that, so he
has been in a management position in a Greek government that has been
failing to meet troika sanctions for a while, now.
The “Lagarde List” has not been made public, so there is no way to
say for sure at present whether Tzanis, Sbokos, or Kambouroglou’s names
actually appear on the list. However, the timeline of events is
striking, and all are tied to past deals between the defense industry
and the Greek government.
Meanwhile, the “Lagarde List” doesn’t just contain names of Greek tax
evaders. It’s a list of closer to 22,000 names of wealthy people from
various EU member states with Swiss bank accounts. The implication is
that wealthy elites from other countries could be revealed in a
corruption probe as well.
This is all starting to blow up during a crucial moment for Greece as
it tries to come to an agreement with the troika over additional
spending cuts and German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Samaras tomorrow in Athens.
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