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Dec 31, 2012 11:00 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Greece: Former finance minister faces prosecution

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's coalition government is calling for the indictment of former finance minister George Papaconstantinou for allegedly removing the names of three of his relatives from a list of Swiss bank account holders whose tax records were to be re-examined.

Seventy-one deputies from the three-party coalition signed the proposal Monday to indict Papaconstantinou for allegedly tampering with a public document and breach of duty - offences that would carry a maximum 10-year jail term, according to legal experts.

The 51-year-old former minister served in the previous Socialist government. But his party, which is part of the new conservative-led government, is backing the proposed indictment.

Papaconstantinou angrily denies the allegations, and says the names were removed without his knowledge.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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