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

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.