* Prosecutors seized documents but made no arrests
* Search part of investigation in Kirch case
* Search comes a week after separate carbon tax fraud raid
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FRANKFURT, Dec 20 Prosecutors have again
searched the headquarters of Deutsche Bank, this time
in connection with its legal battle with the estate of dead
media mogul Leo Kirch, a week after a high-profile raid in a
carbon tax probe.
Munich prosecutors searched Deutsche's headquarters on
Wednesday, seizing documents but arresting no-one, a spokesman
for the Munich prosecutor's office said on Thursday.
Deutsche confirmed the search, part of an investigation by
Munich prosecutors into whether former chief executives Rolf
Breuer and Josef Ackermann, among others, may have given false
evidence in Kirch's decade-long lawsuit.
Deutsche also repeated its denial of any wrongdoing.
One eyewitness said Wednesday's search involved only a dozen
or so officials, small compared with last week's carbon tax
probe raid by Frankfurt prosecutors, in which 500 police and tax
inspectors in three cities took part.
Co-chief executive Juergen Fitschen is being investigated as
part of the Frankfurt prosecutors' probe and came under fire
from German politicians from across the spectrum after calling a
senior local politician to complain about last week's raid.
This week's search added to the difficulties for a bank
grappling with a raft of legal headaches as well as major
regulatory changes in the wake of the global banking crisis.
Munich prosecutors had already searched Deutsche's offices
in the false evidence probe in November, 2011.
Kirch had claimed ex-Deutsche chief executive and later
Chairman Breuer triggered his media group's downfall by
questioning its creditworthiness in a 2002 television interview.
He sought for years to recoup about 2 billion euros ($2.7
billion) in damages.
($1 = 0.7542 euros)
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze and Philipp Halstrick; Writing by
Jonthan Gould; Editing by David Holmes)