Saturday, October 31, 2020

Danske Bank Money Laundering: Police told to probe suspicious death of Estonia branch executive


AUTHORITIES must investigate the death of a banker who headed up the Danske Bank branch at the centre of history’s largest moneylaundering scandal, Estonia’s interior minister has said.

Mart Helme said that he will push for a full investigation into the death of Aivar Rehe, whose body was found on Wednesday.

Police initially said they would not look into the death.

However, the decision raised eyebrows. Rehe headed Danske Bank’s Estonian business between 2006 and 2015 while potentially as much as €200bn (£177bn) was being laundered through the branch.

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“I will wait for the report on Monday and then the next steps will follow. This has to be cleared to the public,” Helme said yesterday.

“A person has died and the circumstances of his death have to be investigated.”

Local reports suggested that Rehe, who was missing for two days, was found in his backyard, where police had failed to search for him. Rehe was a witness in the money laundering case.

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