Panama List Greeks Being Probed

Greek financial prosecutors have asked judicial authorities in Panama to send the names of Greeks on a list of people hiding assets.

ATHENS – Greek financial prosecutors have asked judicial authorities in Panama to send the names of Greeks on a list of people hiding assets.

The Greek officials are investigating details of Greek shareholders in or managers of offshore companies included in the Panama Papers, a leaked list of confidential documents compiled by Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

The newspaper Kathimerini said a Greek team of investigators has started probing the assets of several Greeks who have been linked to the Panama Papers, including Stavros Papastavrou, who was an adviser to New Democracy Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Among the thousands of offshore firms named in the Panama Papers are 223 offshore companies and foundations managed by Greeks, it was reported, but it’s unclear who are the beneficiaries.

Greece has previously sought information from Panama, which has refused to co-operate. It’s common for wealthy Greeks to hide their assets in foreign accounts.