February 2, 2010 / 12:44 PM / in 8 years

Germany to buy Swiss bank data, FinMin tells paper

BERLIN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Germany has taken a decision, at least in principle, to buy data on Swiss bank customers who may have been evading German taxes, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a newspaper on Tuesday.

“In principle, the decision has been made,” Schaeuble told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper, adding the legal basis was similar to a case in 2008 when Germany paid for data stolen from Liechtenstein’s top bank LGT.

“Therefore we could not decide any differently,” he added.

Reporting by Brian Rohan

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