International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume II, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes   [open pdf - 2MB]

"International efforts against money laundering grew stronger and more effective in 2005. More countries, 17, have promulgated anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing laws for the first time, or updated their existing statutes to comply with revised international norms and standards. Contributions from the international coalition of donors to help with these efforts grew as a result of G-8 and other initiatives. The capability for information and intelligence exchanges among countries in support of criminal investigations improved as seven more Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) became members of the Egmont Group of FIUs, raising its global membership to 101 FIUs. Authorities also undertook some important money laundering investigations leading to significant seizures and prosecutions. The money laundering challenge nevertheless remains formidable. The stakes are high on both sides. Money is the oxygen for most crime, and the most threatening and dangerous criminal networks and terrorist organizations will go to any extreme to ensure that they can protect their profits or secure their financing whether this means ratcheting up retaliation against authorities who are too hot on their trail, or shifting to less visible and penetrable methods even if this means a loss of efficiency or carries other risks. It is important to sustain and strengthen these gains because focusing on money laundering is one of the most valuable tools law enforcement has to combat international crime."

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