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Convicted Trader Cries Foul at Nickname That Got Lost in Translation

  • Former Barclays swaps trader spoke in interview before verdict
  • Said he wasn’t willing to gamble with his life in London court
Philippe Moryoussef
Philippe MoryoussefPhotographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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Until a month before his London fraud trial began, Philippe Moryoussef felt confident he would prevail in court.

Then a guilty plea by friend and co-defendant Christian Bittar, a former Deutsche Bank AG trader, and a sobering discussion with his U.K. legal team persuaded him to skip town and seek refuge in France.