Anti-Money Laundering Office Handled 403 Cases in 2020

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Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said that the Office had launched 403 cases of suspected money laundering and terrorism financing.

Of that number, 254 cases were referred to the relevant authorities for further action, with 249 cases relating to money laundering and five relating to terrorism financing, he added.

The Office inspected more than 4,000 transactions in reference to the 254 forwarded cases and more than a thousand physical and legal persons who participated in those transactions, he said.

The Office operates within the Ministry of Finance. It issued 46 instructions to banks to block suspect transfers with a total value of HRK 33.8 million. It also submitted 130 requests to 42 countries as part of of international cooperation and received 114 such requests from 37 countries.

Marić recalled that the Register of Beneficial Ownership became operational at the start of this year and that the government had adopted a national risk assessment for money laundering and terrorism financing on 25 June 2020, along with an action plan to reduce the identified risks.

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