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Greek magazine publisher faces charges


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police have arrested the publisher of a magazine that printed what is it says is a list of more than 2,000 Greek depositors at an HSBC bank in Switzerland.

Costas Vaxevanis, the publisher of Hot Doc magazine, will face a court hearing Monday, charged with the misdemeanor of violating laws regarding personal data, police said.

On Saturday, he published what he claims is a list given to the Greek government by French officials in 2010.

Information on 24,000 HSBC customers with Swiss accounts were stolen that year, the British bank has said, potentially exposing many international clients to prosecution by tax authorities, if they failed to declare the assets in their home countries. The bank said a former IT employee with HSBC, identified by French authorities, had obtained the information.


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