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Swiss police raid Yanukovich firm in laundering probe

Source: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:53 GMT
Author: Reuters
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In this 2009 file photo, safe boxes are pictured at the vault of Swiss UBS bank in Zurich-Zollikon REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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ZURICH, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Swiss police have raided the premises of a Geneva firm owned by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander in an investigation into "aggravated money laundering."

The Geneva cantonal ministry in charge of justice and police said the raid took place on Thursday morning and documents were taken away. The action was directed "against the Yanukovych clan," it said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry did not name the firm whose offices were searched or give further details.

The raid was led by Geneva's General Prosecutor, Yves Bertossa, who has headed investigations into many other money-laundering cases. There was no immediate indication if anyone had been arrested.

"A criminal investigation for severe money laundering is currently being conducted in Geneva against Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander," the statement said.

The Swiss governnment said on Thursday it would order banks to freeze any funds in Swiss banks found to be linked any Yanukovich funds. The followed similar action by Austria.

(Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Alison Williams and Angus MacSwan)

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