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Liberation: Benzema testifies in money laundering case

Karim Benzema was heard as a witness several months ago in an investigation over money laundering according to the French daily.

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Karim Benzema, jugador del Real Madrid, se ve envuelto en una nueva polémica según Liberation medio francés
Liberation

French striker Karim Benzema was heard as a witness several months ago in an investigation over money laundering, a source close to the soccer player said on Friday, confirming a report by French daily Liberation 

The report comes less than three months before the start of the Euro 2016 tournament, for which the French national soccer federation (FFF) said he could not play until his legal situation in a separate case had been clarified.

The Real Madrid striker is already suspected of trying to blackmail fellow international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. He denies any wrongdoing.

According to Liberation, the Paris prosecutor opened a probe on Sept. 17 over the acquisition of a small business in Paris by a company in which Benzema has shares, which was sold later on for a large loss.

File photo of France's Karim Benzema celebrating after scoring during their friendly soccer match against Armenia at Allianz Riviera stadium in NiceFrance's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during their friendly soccer match against Armenia at Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France. in this October 8, 2015 photo.

"He ended up being a shareholder in a restaurant and lost considerable amounts of money," the source close to Benzema confirmed, adding that he was a victim in the case. Liberation said the investigative magistrate in charge of the case, Renaud Van Ruymbeke, appears to rule out Benzema's direct responsibility in the new investigation so far.