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Greek Parliament votes to investigate ex-minister

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers have voted to investigate former finance minister George Papaconstantinou over his handling of data on Greeks with Swiss bank accounts and whether he amended the list to remove three of his relatives.

The lawmakers voted early Friday after a marathon Parliament session by 265 votes in favor and six against.

Two other proposals to also investigate two former prime ministers and another former finance minister, who currently heads a party in the governing coalition, did not pass.

French authorities gave the list of names to Athens in 2010 as Greece's economy was imploding. But Greek authorities failed to investigate the data for potential tax evasion, sparking outrage at a time of severe salary and pension cuts, and spiraling unemployment.