Ex-statistics chief convicted for breach of duty, in 'resounding victory'

A high court in Greece has convicted the country's former statistics chief to two years in prison for breach of duty, in a politically charged case closely watched by international bailout lenders.

The court issued the suspended sentence for the 57-year-old Andreas Georgiou on Tuesday after finding him guilty of breaching regulations of the National Statistical Authority by failing to inform its governing board about the release of budget deficit data in 2010.

Georgiou, a former executive at the International Monetary Fund, headed the Greek agency between 2010 and 2015. He took charge just months after the country had revised previously misreported budget deficit data and the country was spiraling into financial crisis.

As the new agency director, he walked into a political firestorm over where the blame lay for the bad data and whether the new agency had indeed...

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