TeliaSonera appoints law firm to review Uzbek license deal

STOCKHOLM Wed Oct 3, 2012 8:42am EDT

STOCKHOLM Oct 3 (Reuters) - Nordic telecoms firm TeliaSonera said on Wednesday it had appointed a law firm to investigate allegations of wrongdoing related to its purchase of a 3G license in Uzbekistan in 2007.

"Mannheimer Swartling have been asked by TeliaSonera to investigate whether TeliaSonera's investment in a 3G-license, frequencies and number series in Uzbekistan in 2007 involved any form of corruption or money laundering," TeliaSonera said in a statement.

Late in September, Swedish prosecutors launched a preliminary investigation into the 2.3 billion crown ($348 million) deal.

Telia, in which Sweden owns a roughly 37 percent stake, has come under scrutiny in recent months over its activities in central Asia. ($1 = 6.6036 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Simon Johnson)

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