Greek editor goes on trial for publishing sensitive names

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A Greek editor went on trial Monday for publishing the names of over 2,000 Greeks who held Swiss bank accounts, reports MSNBC.

Editor of Hot Doc magazine Kostas Vaxevanis was arrested Sunday and accused of interfering with private data, according to the New York Times.

France had given the list to Greece in 2010 to investigate tax evasion, but the Greek government denied there was any evidence. Vaxevanis's trial was then seemingly fast-tracked through the Greek court system, appearing in court the next day, reports MSNBC.

The journalist's swift arrest and trial, along with the government's reluctance to review the list, has drawn criticism.

"These 'choices' send a message to society that democratic institutions in Greece, or whatever remains of them, are applied now to protect the system in power," The Athens Bar Association said, reports MSNBC.

""Instead of focusing on investigating the validity of the so-called Lagarde list ... they focus on the prosecution of a journalist who, in doing his job, dared to publicly reveal information that allegedly is included in the list."

Vaxevanis would face at least one year of prison time and a $39,000 fine if found guilty, according to the New York Times.

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