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Banks Sold Investments for Billions to Libya Fund, FT Reports

The Libyan Investment Authority, the North African country’s sovereign wealth fund, lost billions of dollars on financial products sold to it by western banks, the Financial Times reported, citing a Libyan government document posted on the website of U.K. advocacy group Global Witness.

The banks that did business with the Libyan regime of President Muammar Qaddafi included Societe Generale SA, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Credit Suisse Group AG and BNP Paribas SA, the newspaper said.

SocGen said it couldn’t comment on individual customers and transactions; the other three banks didn’t respond to questions about the document, the FT said.

The Libyan fund also had $300 million invested with Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, a U.S. hedge-fund manager, the newspaper said, adding that the firm declined to comment.

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