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Court: Greek ex-finance minister Papaconstantinou guilty of misdemeanor in Swiss bank case

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou arrives in court at the start of a criminal trial against him on allegations he removed relatives' names from a list of Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts in HSBC. A special court acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou arrives in court at the start of a criminal trial against him on allegations he removed relatives' names from a list of Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts in HSBC. A special court acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, former finance minister George Papaconstantinou addresses lawmakers during a Parliament session in Athens. A special court acquitted  Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, former finance minister George Papaconstantinou addresses lawmakers during a Parliament session in Athens. A special court acquitted Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou, second left, sits in court next to his lawyers, at the start of a criminal trial against him on allegations he removed relatives' names from a list of Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts in HSBC. A special court acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document Tuesday March 24, 2015 in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, former Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou, second left, sits in court next to his lawyers, at the start of a criminal trial against him on allegations he removed relatives' names from a list of Greeks holding Swiss bank accounts in HSBC. A special court acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document Tuesday March 24, 2015 in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge. Papaconstantinou, 53, received a one-year suspended prison sentence. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)  (The Associated Press)

A special court has acquitted Greece's former finance minister George Papaconstantinou of felony charges of breach of faith and doctoring a document in a case concerning Greeks with bank accounts in Geneva, and has found him guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge.

Papaconstantinou, 53, had faced 10 years to life imprisonment over the felony charges. The court on Tuesday found him guilty of doctoring a document, but reduced the count to a misdemeanor. He faces a maximum five-year sentence but will not spend time in jail as the offence can be suspended or converted to a fine.

He had been accused of removing the names of three of his relatives from a list of Greeks with accounts at HSBC bank in Geneva. The sentence is expected later Tuesday.