VIENNA, June 25 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.