SIENA, Italy, April 27 An Italian judge has
rejected an order to seize around 1.8 billion euros ($2.3
billion) of assets from Nomura as part of a probe into
suspected fraud involving troubled lender Monte dei Paschi di
Siena, a judicial and a legal source said on Saturday.
Prosecutors in Siena are investigating risky derivatives
trades that have endangered the survival of Monte Paschi, the
world's oldest bank.
They ordered the seizure of around 1.8 bln euros of assets
from the Japanese bank on April 16, but the court has rejected
their request to have it validated.
A spokeswoman for Nomura in Italy had no immediate comment.
($1 = 0.7676 euros)
(Reporting by Silvia Ognibene, writing by Gavin Jones, editing
by Danilo Masoni)