U.K. prosecutors are poised to arrest former traders and rate setters at UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays Plc within a month for questioning over their role in the Libor scandal, a person with knowledge of the probe told Bloomberg.
Bloomberg reports that the arrests will be made by police under the direction of prosecutors at the Serious Fraud Office within the next month, said the person, who declined to be identified because the matter isn’t public. Arrests in the U.K. are made at an early stage of the investigation, allowing police and prosecutors to question people under caution and may not lead to charges.
The SFO has 40 people working on the probe into manipulation of the London interbank bank offered rate, a benchmark for financial products valued at $360 trillion worldwide, and has involved the City of London Police, said David Green, the agency’s director.
'Significant developments' in the case are coming 'in the near future', Green said yesterday in an interview at his office in London without giving further details and declining to comment on any possible arrests.
The arrests could be temporarily delayed because of disruptions to the SFO’s schedule caused by moving the prosecutor’s offices from Elm Street to Trafalgar Square.
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