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Papakonstantinou may face trial after all

The five-member judicial council of the special court decided, on Sunday that the statute of limitations for former Finance Minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou's  offences related to Lagarde list (two felonies and one misdemeanor) has not expired and an investigation will start.


The  five-member Judicial Council ruled the case, in which he was indicted by Parliament, must proceed and set aside his argument that the statue of limitations had passed on the charges that include breach of trust, falsifying documents and breach of duty.

The case involves the so-called Lagarde List, named for former French finance chief Christine Lagarde – now head of one of Greece’s lenders, the International Monetary Fund. She gave it to him in 2010 and he said it disappeared.

A copy was produced by his successor, current PASOK Socialist chief Evangelos Venizelos, who is serving as Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister in the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy leader, who critics said shielded him from prosecution to protect the coalition.

Papaconstantinou, 52, served in the PASOK Administration of former premier George Papandreou, who similarly was exempted by Parliament of any wrongdoing.

Greek lawmakers decided in July last year that Papaconstantinou should be investigated, saying he damaged the image of the public treasury during his stint as finance minister.