VIENNA: A probe has been started in Austria against the United States’ (US) former ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on the charges of money laundering.
According to a British newspaper, authorities told a newspaper that the former US ambassador transferred as many as 1,400,000 dollars in various bank accounts of his wife, Cheral Benard, in Vienna without informing the authorities about the transactions.
For this reason all the bank accounts were frozen. According to the initial investigation, the amount was transferred to these accounts in Vienna taken from companies belonging to Iraq and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Zilmay Khalilzad belonged to Afghanistan but he has got US nationality. He served as US ambassador from 2003 to 2007 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His wife’s counsel has said that a petition has been filed against freezing of her bank accounts and it is expected that the court would unfreeze the accounts.