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Swiss prosecutors widen probe against Uzbek socialite Gulnara Karimova

The attorney general's office said Wednesday that it has confiscated more than 800 million Swiss francs -- $828 million -- in the case.

By Jared M. Feldschreiber
Swiss federal prosecutors widened a probe into Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov, stating they are investigating additional connections suspected of money laundering and document forgery. Photo by <a class="tpstyle" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gulnara_Karimova.jpg" title="wiki-karimova">imir01/WikiMedia</a>
Swiss federal prosecutors widened a probe into Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov, stating they are investigating additional connections suspected of money laundering and document forgery. Photo by imir01/WikiMedia

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Swiss federal prosecutors have widened a probe into Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov, investigating additional connections who are suspected of money laundering and document forgery.

Karimova is called "the Uzbek Princess" by her detractors.

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The attorney general's office said Wednesday that it has confiscated more than 800 million Swiss francs -- $828 million -- in the case, Bloomberg reported.

The nine suspects arrested include two former senior managers of a local Coca-Cola bottler and a man believed to be a former financial adviser to Karimova. An entrepreneur and onetime pop princess with the stage name Googoosha, she has been under house arrest since last year.

The Uzbek Prosecutor-General's Office announced last year the launch of a criminal case against a group of men suspected of a slew of financial improprieties. Thirteen people, including Uzbek businessman Rustam Madumarov -- believed to be Karimova's boyfriend -- and Gayane Avakian, another of her associates, have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms, Radio Free Europe reported.

Karimova controlled Coca-Cola Ichimligi Uzbekistan -- established by Karimova's Uzbek-American ex-husband Mansur Maqsudi. They have since divorced.

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The U.S. Justice Department in July won a bid to seize $300 million alleged to be the proceeds from an Uzbek telecoms scheme that involved companies including VimpelCom Ltd. and Takilant Ltd., an investment firm linked to her father. Karimova previously had a distinguished career as diplomat and businesswoman.

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