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German chancellor candidate to be grilled in fraud probe

Investigation into an anti-money laundering agency

20 September, 16:56
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, SEP 20 - German lawmakers will Monday quiz Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, over an investigation into an anti-money laundering agency overseen by his ministry. Scholz's appearance before the German parliament's finance committee comes less than a week before Germans go to the polls in national elections on September 26. MPs from opposition parties will have the opportunity to ask Scholz questions via video link after the finance and justice ministries were raided by prosecutors on September 9 as part of a probe into the Cologne-based Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The body, part of Germany's customs authority tasked with tackling money laundering, is suspected of failing to report potential wrongdoing to the relevant authorities. (ANSA-AFP).

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