The Mail & Guardian and others reported on 6th August that HSBC has agreed to pay nearly €300 million to end a Belgian criminal investigation into allegations of massive fraud and money laundering involving wealthy diamond traders. The allegations relate to a Swiss subsidiary mainly involved assets owned by wealthy clients in Antwerp, the world’s main diamond-trading hub. It is said it helped hundreds of rich clients cheat the Belgian taxman including by giving them access to offshore accounts in overseas tax havens. The bank will also hand over €400,000 in civil damages to the Belgian state.
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