Numerous newspapers are publishing 18,000 documents leaked by Credit Suisse. A leading Swiss bank with an ancient tradition, Credit Suisse – is embroiled in a new financial scandal. “Suisse Secrets” is the name given to a joint investigation conducted by 163 journalists from 48 newspapers in 39 countries, coordinated by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (Occrp), (for Italy the newspaper La Stampa and IrpiMedia) which after a vast leak of information led to the emergence of over 18,000 accounts managed by the credit institution referring to criminal activities, persons involved in violations of human rights or subjects subject to sanctions.
The cases attributable to 37 thousand between individuals and companies
The leaked information refers to accounts and deposits for a total amount of more than 100 billion dollars, hosted by Credit Suisse between the 1940s and the end of 2010. individuals and companies. According to the French newspaper “Le Monde”, which is part of the investigative consortium, the investigation shows that “in spite of the supervisory rules imposed on large international banks, the establishment of the Zurich bank has hosted funds linked to crime and corruption for several decades “. The Swiss financial institution has “firmly denied” that it was involved in any criminal activity.
The Characters Involved
Among the characters involved are Alaa Mubarak, son of the deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, who had over 200 million francs in his Swiss account, Khaled Nazzar, head of the Algerian military junta during the civil war of the 1990s and accused of war crimes and again Venezuelan bureaucrats who, during the presidencies of Chavez and Maduro, participated in the stealing of the country’s resources. Among the “special” customers of Credi Suisse there are at least 700 names of Italians, almost all of whom are resident or domiciled abroad and with interests in the oil or mining sector or in gaming in Asia. In addition, according to the newspaper Le Monde, there is the businessman Antonio Velardo, suspected of money laundering on behalf of Ndrangheta, holder of six accounts with Credit Suisse in which he has deposited up to 4 million euros.
The Credit Suisse Reply
Credit Suisse in its reply stressed that many of the reconstructed events refer to the past. The Institute has announced an internal investigation to reconstruct the modalities of the leak and firmly rejects the allegations and insinuations regarding the bank’s alleged business practices. «The reported facts are mainly remote, in some cases dating back to the 1940s. What is reported is based on partial, inaccurate or selective information which, extrapolated from its context, gives rise to misleading interpretations regarding the bank’s conduct. Credit Suisse (…) confirms that it has taken the appropriate measures, in line with the directives and regulatory requirements applicable in the relevant periods and that it has already taken action where necessary “.