A Greek journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts will stand trial again after a prosecutor appealed a decision to acquit him of breaking data privacy laws, court officials said on Friday.
The speedy arrest, trial and acquittal of magazine editor Costas Vaxevanis for publishing the so-called “Lagarde List” had aroused international concern and captivated recession-weary Greeks angry at the privileges of the elite.
The Athens Public Prosecutor’s office said the November 1 acquittal was faulty and that Vaxevanis must be tried again by a higher misdemeanor 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 favor of the journalist is legally wrong,” a court official said without giving further details. A similar request for appeal was filed by three people whose names are on the list, he said.
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