Austrian prosecutors examine money-laundering allegations

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian anti-corruption prosecutors are examining money- laundering allegations after receiving a complaint against unknown parties, a spokeswoman said when asked about media reports of a network alleged to include Austria’s Raiffeisen Bank International.

Several European banking stocks fell, led by Raiffeisen Bank International, after the reports by an investigative consortium said the network allegedly channelled billions of euros from Russia through Western banks.

“A complaint against unknown parties for alleged money laundering has been received recently,” the prosecutors’ spokeswoman said, declining to say who had filed the complaint. The authorities will examine the allegations and then decide whether to initiate an investigation, she said on Tuesday.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Michael Shields