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Former Barclays trader found guilty of rigging Euribor

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Former Barclays trader found guilty of rigging Euribor

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LONDON (Reuters) - A French former Barclays <BARC.L> trader, tried in his absence by a London court, has been convicted by a jury of conspiring to rig global interest rates.

Philippe Moryoussef, a 50-year-old former senior derivatives trader, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud by dishonestly manipulating Euribor - or Euro interbank offered rate - between January 2005 and December 2009 after an 11-week trial.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court in London acquitted Achim Kraemer, a Deutsche Bank <DBKGN.DE> manager still employed by the bank. The jury were unable to reach a verdict on another three traders on trial.

A conspiracy to defraud conviction carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Reporting restrictions on the verdicts were lifted on Thursday after the jury failed to agree on a decision for co-defendants Carlo Palombo, an Italian-born former junior Barclays trader, Sisse Bohart, a Danish former Barclays junior trader and rate submitter and her former boss, Colin Bermingham.

A prosecutor for the UK's Serious Fraud Office said a decision will be made within seven days as to whether to seek to re-try the three individuals.

A sixth defendant, 46-year-old former Deutsche Bank star trader Christian Bittar, a Frenchman who investigators said was once one of the world's best-paid traders, pleaded guilty before the trial began. He is already in custody.

Brussels-based Euribor is a benchmark for interest rates on around $150 trillion to $180 trillion of financial contracts and consumer loans worldwide.

(Reporting by Kirstin Ridley; Editing by Silvia Aloisi/Keith Weir)

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