ZURICH May 2 Switzerland's Finance Minister
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf is meeting Eric Holder, Attorney General
of the United States, in Washington on Friday to discuss a
tax-evasion probe into Swiss banks by U.S. authorities, a
ministry spokesman said.
Contacted by phone, the spokesman said Widmer-Schlumpf would
push for "fair and equal treatment" of the Swiss banks involved
in the probe.
Credit Suisse, the biggest Swiss bank in the
probe, came under more pressure this week as one of its former
employees pleaded guilty to helping U.S. clients avoid taxes.
"The United States Department of Justice's investigation
into the U.S. tax matter remains outstanding and, while we are
working hard to bring this to a close, the timing and outcome
remain uncertain," Credit Suisse said in its quarterly report
published on Friday.
The bank declined to comment further on the minister's
More than a dozen Swiss banks, also including Julius Baer
and the Swiss arm of Britain's HSBC, are
under criminal investigation in the United States to determine
if and how they helped wealthy Americans hide money from the
Scores of smaller banks have agreed to work with U.S.
authorities to cap penalties they might face.
(Reporting by Oliver Hirt and Silke Koltrowitz)