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Deutsche Bank searched for second day in money-laundering probe

Police have continued to search Deutsche Bank premises in Frankfurt in a money-laundering probe linked to the Panama Papers scandal. The search reportedly included the offices of board members.

German authorities on Friday continued a raid at the headquarters of Germany's biggest lender, Deutsche Bank.

The search comes amid an ongoing investigation into allegations that some employees helped set up offshore companies used to launder huge sums. It is the latest blow to the bank, whose reputation has suffered in recent years owing to a number of financial and regulatory scandals and three years of losses.

Police hoped to locate more material during Friday's search, a spokeswoman for the Frankfurt prosecutor said, a day after large amounts of electronic and paper records were seized at the bank's headquarters and buildings in nearby areas.

She said offices of board members were among those searched and that information on previously unknown suspects had been found.

Read more: Deutsche Bank's 5 biggest scandals

Potentially expanding investigation

The prosecutor's office has said the searches were prompted by information from several documents leaked from tax havens in recent years, including the 2016 Panama Papers.

The Panama Papers consist of millions of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that give information on shell corporations used to carry out fraud and tax evasion or, in some cases, to get around international sanctions.

Currently, two Deutsche Bank employees are being investigated for allegedly failing to report suspicious transactions, but prosecutors say the probe could widen.

The bank said on Thursday it was cooperating with investigators, and declined to make any further comment on Friday.

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