Sunday, November 18, 2012

Greek journalist who published list of 2,000 'tax dodgers' is made to stand trial AGAIN

Attack on free speech in the birthplace of democracy?  Seems sad

There was fury across Greece today after it was announced that a journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts is to stand trial again.

Costas Vaxevanis has been told that his acquital earlier this month for breaking data privacy laws after publishing the so-called ‘Lagarde List’ was 'faulty.'

The Athens Public Prosecutor’s office said that Mr Vaxevanis must now be tried again by a higher court on the same charges.

If found guilty, Vaxevanis could be jailed for up to two years or face a fine. ‘The prosecutor believes that the decision in favour of the journalist is legally wrong,’ a court official said.

The speedy arrest, trial and acquittal of Mr Vaxevanis for publishing the so-called 'Lagarde List' had aroused international concern and captivated recession-weary Greeks angry at the privileges of the elite.

Given to Greece by French authorities in 2010, the list contains the names of 2,059 Greek account holders at HSBC in Switzerland to be probed for possible tax evasion.

In his defence, Mr Vaxevanis accused politicians of hiding the truth and protecting an 'untouchable' elite. He said the trial was politically motivated, calling it 'targetted and vengeful.'



Anonymous said...

Are the Greeks, or for that matter any people, so stupid as to think wealthy, powerful elites are not given special treatment by their governments, (and the media) which they usually control?

Did someone tell them that life was fair? Well, if they did, they lied.

Bird of Paradise said...

No Free Speech under Socialism and Communism

Anonymous said...

Fuck tax evaders like Romney and the Koch Bros.

Anonymous said...

Lets see, Kerry has his yaht reg outside the US, avoiding luxury tax, Lucus sells his company for BILLIONS$$$ before taxes goes up,Peloci gets her SF friends exempted from O-uncare, and you complain about Romney and Kochs? Stop being a hypocrit before casting stones in a glass house.

Go Away Bird said...

TAX ALL DEMACRATS including toilet mouths like annon 4:20

Anonymous said...

Fuck tax evaders like Romney, the Koch Bros., Kerry, and Lucus. Want me to add anymore to the list, asshole?

Use the Name, Luke said...

Does Greece have a law against double jeopardy like we do in the U.S.?

Kee Bird said...

Annon 6:03 either clean your sewer mouth or quit posting