BSI SA

No account of the Iraqi regime at Banca del Gottardo

    Lugano (ots) - Banca del Gottardo categorically denies the information contained in a scoop of "The Sunday Times" about supposed relations between the Bank and Saddam Hussein, respectively with members of his regime.

    Banca del Gottardo has opportunely followed the requests of the Swiss Federal Council (the latest dated 9 April 2003: Modification of the Ordinance on Economic Measures against the Republic of Iraq, issued by the Federal Banking Commission), as well as the attendant international appeals (Bush lists), evidencing the fact that the Bank had no link to report.

    In-depth internal enquiries, dating back to 1990, have confirmed the non-existence of any kind of relations with the Iraqi regime. To date, two accounts exist at the Bank, with minor sums, which may be traced to Iraqi citizens. One of them is a salary account held by an Iraqi worker resident in Switzerland.

    Banca del Gottardo strongly rejects any relation with members of the Iraqi regime and stigmatizes the speculations of "The Sunday Times" about the Bank's role in connection with Iraqi funds.

    Banca del Gottardo, with head office in Lugano (Switzerland), relies on a well expanded national and international network. Thanks to its highly qualified teams of experts and its affiliates, subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Bergamo, Milan, Turin (next opening), Athens, Luxembourg, Monaco, Vienna, Prague, Hong Kong, Nassau (Bahamas), as well as an important participation in Paris, the bank offers top level financial services to its local and international clientele.

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Contact:
Banca del Gottardo
Franco Rogantini
Media Office
Viale S. Franscini 8
6901 Lugano
Phone    +41 91 808 33 60
Fax        +41 91 923 94 33
E-Mail: franco.rogantini@gottardo.com



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