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No account of the Iraqi regime at Banca del Gottardo - The bank files a penal complaint against persons unknown

    Lugano (ots) - Banca del Gottardo confirms itself as plaintiff in the penal proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor of Canton Ticino against persons unknown on the grounds of falsity of documents and has also filed a penal complaint for the same crime and for harm to the bank’s creditworthiness.

    The issue in question is related to an article published by "The Sunday Times" on 13th April 2003, and later picked up by some Swiss and foreign newspapers, according to which bank accounts related to the Iraqi regime had supposedly been opened at the bank and, in recent years, banking operations involving millions would have been made.

    Based on in-depth investigations of the incriminating documents, some of them in the hands of the Public Prosecutor and some others presented to the bank by other sources, the falsity of these documents can undoubtedly be confirmed.

    Independently of the penal proceedings initiated by the Judiciary as a matter of regular procedure, Banca del Gottardo has filed a complaint against persons unknown, so that those responsible for such serious acts, harmful to the bank’s name, may be identified and similar unlawful deeds may be prevented in the future.

    The Bank also refers to its media release of 14th April "No account of the Iraqi regime at Banca del Gottardo", which may be consulted at www.gottardo.com, as well as to the communiqué released by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Canton Ticino (www.polizia.ti.ch).

    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.

ots Originaltext: Banca del Gottardo
Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch

Contact:
Banca del Gottardo
Franco Rogantini
Media Office
Viale S. Franscini 8
6901 Lugano
Tel.      +41/91/808'33'60
Mobile  +41/79/413'80'14
Fax:      +41/91/923'94'33
E-Mail: franco.rogantini@gottardo.com



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