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Switzerland Blocks Bank Accounts Of Uzbek Nationals

The office of Switzerland's attorney general confirmed it has blocked bank accounts containing hundreds of millions of dollars that Radio Television Suisse reported belong to four Uzbek nationals close to Uzbek President Islam Karimov.

The Attorney General's Office said late on September 19 that the investigation is focusing on money laundering and two of the suspects who were arrested in Geneva in July remain in custody.

The Swiss daily "Blick" reported the two work for Coca-Cola Uzbekistan, owned by President Karimov's eldest daughter, Gulnara.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera is also cited in the investigation.

The website reports that part of the probe is focusing on a payment of some $320 million made to an "Uzbek partner" at a company registered in Gibraltar.

Based on reporting by AFP and

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