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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Issue a Denial in Diskont Case

The Interior Ministry has denied that government officials are implicated in a money laundering case linked by Austrian investigators with the murder of central banker Andrei Kozlov.

Austria's Interior Ministry has said "official corruption" may be behind Kozlov's murder on Sept. 13, two weeks after he had shut down Diskont Bank for channeling illicit funds through Vienna.

"I don't see any evidence of that at all," said Yevgeny Shkolov, head of the Interior Ministry's economic crimes department, when asked about reports that senior officials used Diskont Bank to launder millions of dollars. "According to the information I have, it's not true," Shkolov told reporters Tuesday.

Kirill Kabanov, head of the nongovernmental National Anti-Corruption Committee, said Diskont was directly linked to the murder. "But the prosecutors are under orders to take their investigation in another direction," he said.