Greece

Greek Journalist Acquitted for Publishing List of Greeks with Swiss Bank Accounts

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An Athens court on Thursday acquitted a Greek journalist accused of breaching privacy and data protection laws for publishing a list of more than 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

The trial, an exhausting and at times comic 11-hour spectacle, raised questions of Greece's press freedom and failing attempts to tackle tax evasion. It also touched off debate over what pundits, politicians and defense attorneys deemed "an unapologetic" use of force and influence by the state to cover up corrupt political practices.