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Russian tycoon Rybolovlev charged in Monaco

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

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FILE - In this Saturday, May 4, 2013 file picture President of the football club AS Monaco, Dmitry Rybolovlev, attends a French league two soccer match between Monaco and Caen at the Louis II stadium in Monaco. A lawyer involved in the case says Russian tycoon Dimitri Rybolovlev, the owner of Monaco's football club, has been detained in the principality in an investigation into suspected corruption and other allegations.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

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By JOHN LEICESTER
Associated Press

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

PARIS (AP) — A Monaco magistrate filed charges Wednesday against Russian tycoon Dimitri Rybolovlev, the owner of the principality’s soccer club, and three other people following a probe into suspected corruption, money laundering and other alleged crimes.

The others charged included a lawyer for 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.

The charges come in the wake of a judicial probe into suspected corruption, influence trafficking, money laundering, forgery and violating judicial secrecy, 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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