Barclays says UK fraud unit starts investigation

LONDON Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:23pm EDT

A logo of Barclays bank is seen outside a branch in Altrincham, northern England April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A logo of Barclays bank is seen outside a branch in Altrincham, northern England April 26, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays confirmed that the UK's fraud investigation unit, the Serious Fraud Office, has started an investigation into certain payments between the British bank and Qatar.

The disclosure by the bank follows a report earlier on Wednesday which said that the SFO would open a probe into a matter already being investigated by Britain's Financial Services Authority.

Barclays disclosed the FSA investigation in July. It relates to fees paid to the Qatar Investment Authority on deals in June and November 2008, when Barclays raised 11.5 billion pounds ($18 billion).

The bank is still reeling from another investigation, after being fined 290 million pounds by British and U.S. regulators in June for rigging Libor interest rates, sparking criticism about its culture and risk-taking and forcing its chairman and chief executive to quit.

(Reporting by Sarah Young, editing by Matt Falloon)

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