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Tax-fraud probe centering on French minister grows

Tax-fraud probe centering on French minister grows

Paris prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation into alleged laundering of money gained through tax fraud in a case centering on France's budget minister.
The move Tuesday means an investigative judge will extend a probe involving Jerome Cahuzac _ though investigators haven't turned up enough evidence to charge him by name. The minister has long been a vocal crusader against use of overseas tax havens.
President Francois Hollande has supported Cahuzac since a preliminary investigation was opened in the matter in January.
The case was brought to light by online journal Mediapart. It alleged Cahuzac had transferred money from a Swiss account into one in Singapore, and produced a recording that it said was of Cahuzac's voice talking about his secret account.
Cahuzac countered with a defamation complaint against Mediapart.


Updated : 2021-05-07 12:19 GMT+08:00