Austrian central banker resigns in bribery case

VIENNA, June 25 Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:23am EDT

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VIENNA, June 25 (Reuters) - Austrian National Bank Deputy Governor Wolfgang Duchatczek resigned on Tuesday to avoid escalating a dispute over his suspension amid a bribery scandal, his lawyer said.

The central bank suspended Duchatczek last week and was set to consider additional steps on Thursday. It is reviewing charges that he turned a blind eye to shady banknote printing contracts with Azerbaijan and Syria in deals that got him and eight others indicted.

Attorney Herwig Hauser said in a statement the resignation of Duchatczek, who has denied any wrongdoing, aimed to calm the situation and avoid damaging trust in the central bank.