Spanish court to question former HSBC executives in Falciani tax probe

MADRID, May 4 (Reuters) - Spain's High Court is to question

seven former HSBC executives as part of a probe

triggered by leaks of tax information from HSBC's Swiss

private bank, according to a ruling published on Thursday.

The court said that it had extended an investigation into

alleged tax fraud and money laundering linked to HSBC, Banco

Santander and BNP Paribas. On Wednesday it

said it would investigate seven current and former Santander

bankers.

HSBC declined to comment.

The Spanish investigation is one of many by national tax

authorities as a result of the leak in 2008 of client data

belonging to HSBC's private bank by Herve Falciani, a former IT

employee at the bank. France, Austria, Belgium and Argentina

have launched their own investigations.

(Reporting By Jesús Aguado and Paul Day; Editing by Angus

Berwick)