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Banker Lured by CIA Held ‘Valuable Information’ About Russians

  • Ex-Meinl banker, fighting extradition to US, denies wrongdoing
  • Former Meinl colleague says US was more focused on laundering
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US officials investigating international money laundering believed a senior Austrian banking executive held “valuable information” about individuals in Russia and Ukraine, one of his colleagues said.

Peter Weinzierl, the former chief executive officer of Meinl Bank AG, was arrested on US charges at a London airfield after piloting his private plane into the country in May last year. He says he was “lured” by a self-described CIA agent to Britain from where he could be more easily extradited to the US.