MADRID May 4 Spain's High Court is to question
seven former HSBC executives as part of a probe
triggered by leaks of tax information from HSBC's Swiss
private bank, according to a ruling published on Thursday.
The court said that it had extended an investigation into
alleged tax fraud and money laundering linked to HSBC, Banco
Santander and BNP Paribas. On Wednesday it
said it would investigate seven current and former Santander
HSBC declined to comment.
The Spanish investigation is one of many by national tax
authorities as a result of the leak in 2008 of client data
belonging to HSBC's private bank by Herve Falciani, a former IT
employee at the bank. France, Austria, Belgium and Argentina
have launched their own investigations.
(Reporting By Jesús Aguado and Paul Day; Editing by Angus