Ful­lani not guilty.

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tial in­vestors on as­sess­ing al­ter­na­tive strate­gic op­tions for its Turk­ish unit Fi­nans­bank , the Turk­ish bank said in a state­ment to the Is­tan­bul stock ex­change yesterday. Last week sources close to the mat­ter told Reuters Qatar Na­tional Bank, Tur­key’s Garanti Bank and Fiba­banka were in­ter­ested in an an­tic­i­pated sale of a Fi­nans­bank stake. In a state­ment of its own, Qatar Na­tional Bank (QNB), the Gulf Arab re­gion’s largest len­der, said yesterday it is hold­ing pre­lim­i­nary talks to buy Fi­nans­bank. No “ma­te­rial de­vel­op­ments” have yet taken place and QNB will make fur­ther an­nounce­ments to the Qatari bourse re­gard­ing the pos­si­ble ac­qui­si­tion if and when nec­es­sary, it said. Reuters re­ported in July that QNB was in­ter­ested in buy­ing at least part of Fi­nans­bank, cit­ing sources. 3 bil­lion eu­ros and will send a larger team to the cash-strapped Mediter­ranean coun­try, its pres­i­dent, Werner Hoyer, said. “We’re ready to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand if eco­nom­i­cally re­silient and vi­able projects are be­ing de­vel­oped,” he said. “This can range from in­no­va­tion to tourism, one can imag­ine a lot, but it has to pay off.”

Al­ba­nia’s for­mer cen­tral bank gover­nor was yesterday found not guilty of abuse of of­fice over an em­ployee’s theft of mil­lions of dol­lars from the bank’s vault and the pur­chase of a cen­tral ho­tel for of­fices. The pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice will ap­peal the de­ci­sion, say­ing Ar­dian Ful­lani bears re­spon­si­bil­ity for not en­forc­ing the rules of the su­per­vi­sory board for the man­age­ment of the vault and for pre­par­ing the ho­tel’s sale af­ter the gov­ern­ment set the price.

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