By: Greg Giles Via Email
Reposted from the guardian.co.uk
MUNICH, (Reuters) March 1 Police in several European countries have
raided more than 80 properties in a probe by German prosecutors into
stock market manipulation, the Munich prosecutors office said on
The office's spokesman said the raids on Wednesday were into
suspected cases of market manipulation, insider trading and fraud.
Fifty-three sites in Germany were searched, 29 in other European countries and four outside Europe.
He declined to identify the people or any companies under suspicion,
saying only a double-digit number of people were involved.
"The investigation is at an early stage. The analysis could take a
while," the spokesman said, adding that it could take years.
He said that there were "some similarities" to four recent Munich court
cases where people running stock market newsletters and tip sheets
targeted at retail investors had been tried for market manipulation.
Two of the cases, which also implicated members of a shareholder rights
lobby group, have ended with confessions, suspended prison sentences
and fines. The remaining cases are still being tried. (Reporting by
Christian Kraemer; Writing by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Will Waterman)