Greek Magazine Editor Arrested After Publishing List Of Swiss Bank Accounts

The right to free speech trumped by the right of the powerful to keep their Swiss bank accounts a secret, the New York Times reports:

The Greek police arrested and then quickly released the owner and editor of a respected investigative magazine on Sunday morning hours after he published a list of more than 2,000 Greeks who were said to have accounts at a bank in Switzerland, throwing new controversy into a scandal over whether the government is actively pursuing suspected tax cheats.

Mr. Vaxevanis posted a message to his Twitter account early Sunday saying that 15 officers had surrounded the home of a friend with whom he had been staying “like Greek storm troopers in German uniforms.” The Greek news media reported that the charges concerned the violation of the privacy of those on the list.

Mr. Vaxevanis’s arrest raises questions about freedom of the press in a country that frequently reminds its European Union partners that it is the birthplace of democracy. “Instead of arresting the tax evaders and the ministers who had the list in their hands, they are trying to arrest the truth and free journalism,” [Mr. Vaxevanis] said in a telephone interview that was uploaded on the Internet and widely circulated.

11 Comments on "Greek Magazine Editor Arrested After Publishing List Of Swiss Bank Accounts"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 2, 2012 at 10:30 am |

    Guardian UK reported that he was acquitted yesterday.

    The article quoted the prosecutor as p*ssing himself that Vaxevanis had essentially thrown these tax cheats and ponzi scheme engineers to a pack of rabid wolves, given the current angry tenor of society.

    To which I responded silently, “Good. Good.”

    Vaxevanis deserves the Greek version of the Medal of Honor or whatever they call it.

  2. lucifer69 | Nov 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Any one can have a Swiss account it is not illegal.

    • Simiantongue | Nov 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm |

      Anyone can own a collection of pre-pubescent girl’s panties, that’s not illegal either. Perhaps it’s pertinent to question how they acquired them and why they have such a collection.

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