November 21, 2017 / 5:35 PM / a year ago

Russian businessman Kerimov detained by French police in Nice: prosecutor's office

PARIS (Reuters) - Senior Russian lawmaker and businessman Suleiman Kerimov was arrested by French police at Nice airport on Monday night in connection with a tax evasion case, an official at a French prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

“He is being held for questioning in a case related to laundering of tax fraud proceeds,” an official at the prosecutor’s office said.

Kerimov is ranked by Forbes magazine as Russia’s 21st wealthiest businessman, with a net worth of $6.3 billion.

Reporting by Sophie Louet; Writing by Michel Rose; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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