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Greek journalist is acquitted in Swiss accounts trial

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Greek journalist is acquitted in Swiss accounts trial


A journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 Greeks believed to have Swiss bank accounts left court a free man after being acquitted of breaking privacy laws.

Costas Vaxevanis has been hailed as a hero in a case which has enraged many over the role of tax evasion and the country’s crippling debt crisis.

The magazine editor has accused some politicians of protecting what he described as an “untouchable” wealthy elite who have kept billions of euros hidden.

“I think this decision proves the courage of a judge who was brave enough to go against what’s happening in Greece today…….She listened to the people and liberated the press, which has been held hostage for so long,” Vaxevanis said after leaving the Athens court.

Vaxevanis claims an anonymous source gave him the so-called “Lagarde list” of Swiss account holders. International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde had handed the information to the authorities in several European countries back in 2010 when she was French finance minister.

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