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    French court refuses UBS request to drop money laundering charge /Link

    A French court on Thursday threw out a request by Swiss bank UBS for the constitutional court to drop money laundering charges and limit proceedings to complicity in tax fraud, which carries lighter penalties. UBS Group AG, its French unit and six executives and former executives face charges of aggravated tax fraud and money laundering in an investigation into allegations they helped wealthy clients avoid taxes in France. Under French law, a defendant can on the first day of a trial raise objections to the case going ahead on grounds that the constitution has been flouted. The court described the bank's arguments as "devoid of seriousness". After seven years of investigation and aborted settlement negotiations, UBS will also answer allegations that it illegally solicited clients in France. UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, said in a statement it still expects the court will re-qualify the charges based "on the facts presented and the law." "We believe that the prosecution

    Published on 12 Oct 2018 at 03:00AM

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