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Sunday 22 September 2019

Russian tycoon who owns Monaco football club charged in corruption case

Dimitri Rybolovlev and three other people were hit with charges.

File picture of the president of AS Monaco, Dimitri Rybolovlev (Lionel Cironneau/AP)
File picture of the president of AS Monaco, Dimitri Rybolovlev (Lionel Cironneau/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A Monaco magistrate has filed charges against Russian tycoon Dimitri Rybolovlev, the owner of the principality’s football club, and three other people following a probe into suspected corruption, money laundering and other alleged crimes.

The others charged included a lawyer for Mr Rybolovlev, Tetiana Bersheda, and the wife and son of a former Monaco justice minister, said Monaco prosecutor Sylvie Petit-Leclair.

She said she had no details about the specific charges filed against them.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco, right, and the president of AS Monaco Dimitri Rybolovlev (Lionel Cironneau/AP)

The charges come in the wake of a judicial probe into suspected corruption, influence trafficking, money laundering, forgery and violating judicial secrecy, Ms Petit-Leclair said, speaking by telephone from Monaco.

Police are also conducting searches and questioning people, she said, again without providing details.

Rybolovlev was taken into custody on Tuesday and released Wednesday, she said.

His house and other properties were searched, she added.

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