German prosecutors widened an investigation to include a second Deutsche Bank board member in another twist to the lender's legal battle with heirs of late media mogul Leo Kirch that included a search of the bank's headquarters on Tuesday.
Reuters reports that prosecutors said suspicions of attempted fraud by Deutsche Bank employees in the Kirch case now included Stephan Leithner, currently responsible for legal and regulatory affairs, compliance and human resources at the lender.
Leithner was working as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank when Kirch's business empire collapsed in 2002.
The inquiry, which already includes Deutsche Bank Co-Chief Executive Juergen Fitschen, was expanded last week to encompass lawyers who represented Deutsche Bank in the case.
Earlier on Tuesday, prosecutors said they had conducted a fresh search of the bank's main offices and had also searched the home of an unnamed suspect in the state of Hesse, home to Deutsche Bank's Frankfurt headquarters.
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