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Greek ex-finance minister probed for hiding income

Greece's ex-finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis at the European Council in Brussels, on January 26, 2015Ex-Greek finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis is being investigated for alleged failure to comply with his tax obligations, a Greek newspaper reported Saturday. According to the weekly Real News, the deposits in Hardouvelis’ bank accounts in 2011 did not match the incomes he had declared that year. Hardouvelis was briefly finance minister in the government of conservative prime minister Antonis Samaras, which was brought down this January by the populist Syriza party, campaigning to roll back painful austerity reforms imposed by Greece’s EU creditors. According to the Real News report, which was due to be published Sunday, Nikoloudis had sent an urgent classified demand to the Greek parliament, just five days before the general election, for an audit of Hardouvelis’ tax declaration.

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