March 18, 2019 / 5:12 PM / a month ago

Swedbank to release external money laundering report on Friday

FILE PHOTO: Swedbank's logo is pictured on its Lithuanian headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, in this May 10, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedbank said on Monday that it will release the results of an external investigation into allegations of involvement in a Baltic money laundering scandal on Friday.

Swedbank is one of several banks pulled into a widening scandal engulfing Danske Bank, whose Estonian branch was used for some 200 billion euros ($227 billion) of suspicious payments between 2007 and 2015.

Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) was hired by Swedbank last month to investigate allegations in the media that at least 40 billion Swedish crowns ($4.3 bln) of suspicious payments moved between its Baltic accounts and Danske Bank’s in 2007-2015.

Swedbank hired FRA after investors applied pressure for an independent probe into the media report.

Reporting by Esha Vaish in Stockholm; Editing by Alexander Smith

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