Italian bank Monte dei Paschi's CEO Fabrizio Viola said on Monday that the so-called "document on BMps derivatives" at the center of a widening scandal over opaque trades was not present in the bank's official documents before being found.
In a brief statement, Viola also said the document was therefore "not signalled to the Bank of Italy in any way".
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The troubled lender said on Monday it had no evidence of bribery in a 2007 takeover now under scrutiny over alleged corruption, but acknowledged accounting irregularities under previous management over derivatives trades.
(Reporting By Danilo Masoni; editing by Stephen Jewkes)