Gov’t blocked 29 mln euro suspected of money laundering in 2016: Report
Albania-General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering has reported that in 2016 it has blocked around 29 million euro which were suspected to proceed from criminal activities. 61 administrative orders were issued in order to sequestrate them, while 2015 resulted in the freezing of around 16 million euro through 47 administrative orders. The data were reported at the meeting of the Coordination Committee on Combating Money Laundering headed by Prime Minister Edi Rama.
Present at the meeting were the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Justice, the Prosecutor General, the Governor of the Bank of Albania, the Deputy Director of SIS and the Inspector General of ILDKPKI.
The committee analyzed the work of the Department for the Prevention of Money Laundering and the meeting highlighted that during last year there was an increase in the number of suspicious cases forwarded to the law enforcement institutions, including State Police and the Prosecution.
“In the past three years, 56 million euro have been blocked in the bank accounts of the suspects, an amount that represents an incomparable increase with the previous period of the functioning of the institution since its inception, a period of 13 years that has resulted in the freezing of 8 million euro,” concludes the report.
The Committee also decided to revise the 2004 regulation on how public agencies have to coordinate among them in connection with risk assessment and minimizing the phenomenon.
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