Obstruction of punishment in office: investigators search Anti-money laundering unit of the customs in Cologne

investigators on Tuesday the premises of the anti-money laundering-established unit of the customs in Cologne, Germany searched. The suspicion of obstruction of

Obstruction of punishment in office: investigators search Anti-money laundering unit of the customs in Cologne

investigators on Tuesday the premises of the anti-money laundering-established unit of the customs in Cologne, Germany searched. The suspicion of obstruction of justice in office, said a spokesman for the in the case the competent public Prosecutor's office in Osnabrück. The so-called Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) might have laundering instructions from banks on the money too late or not at all to the police and the judiciary redirected. Will be determined against unknown, the spokesman said. In the search of ten police officers and three prosecutors have been involved in Osnabrück.

had Previously reported the "mirror". According to the report, a total of 1.7 million euros were routed through dozens of accounts with three German banks in African countries. The banks had reported suspicions that the money could originate from illegal activities, the customs. The osnabrück Prosecutor's office confirmed the report.

, the customs confirmed the warrant. "It is important for a fast and thorough clarification of the facts is now," said a spokesman for the General Directorate of customs in Bonn. It will participate in the FIU active. The Federal Finance Ministry asked the Central Agency for financial transaction investigations, to cooperate with the Prosecutor's office and to support the investigation active.

After the view of Transparency Germany, the FIU is overwhelmed "since the time of their settlement at the customs three years ago chronic, a failure." The Situation was intolerable and mountains is considerable security risks. The financial supervisors have repeatedly failed, overall, there is a lack of control. It is now the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Finance, consistently access.

Updated Date: 14 July 2020, 19:19

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