PARIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A French judge reportedly wants to scrutinize bank accounts of Osama bin Laden's brother for possible money-laundering.
According to a Sunday report in Le Journal du Dimanche, French Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke apparently made the demand to Berne public prosecutor Claude Nicati in Switzerland.
Van Ruymbeke heads a money-laundering inquiry targeting the financial operations of Yeslam bin Laden, brother of al-Qaida's head. Yeslam bin Laden has been living in Switzerland since 1973 and has Swiss citizenship.
At issue is a suspicious financial transfer of $300 million to Pakistan via the Deutsche Bank in Geneva.
According to Le Journal du Dimanche, the transfer was from an account held by a branch of the Saudi Binladin Group.
The French judge is also interested in a Swiss bank account held jointly by Yeslam and Osama bin Laden during the 1990s.
Yeslam bin Laden has previously denied having any contact with his brother Osama.
He claims the joint account was established to divide the inheritance of his father, which was split up among 54 siblings.
Van Ruymbeke has been investigating financial transactions by the Binladin Group and its affiliates since 2001, according to the French newspaper.