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UAE to establish judicial bodies to prosecute money laundering 

Dawn News , 31 Jul 2023 - 9:41

The official WAM news agency reported that the UAE has approved a "proposal to establish federal prosecution entities specialized in economic crimes and money laundering."

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: The official WAM news agency reported that the United Arab Emirates has approved a “proposal to establish federal prosecution entities specialised in economic crimes and money laundering”.

It said the move “represents a first step towards investigating and cracking down on” shady financial transactions.

The proposal calls for the “creation of prosecution offices specialised in” illicit finance.

It comes more than a year after the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) added the UAE to a “grey list” of nations subject to greater oversight because of concerns over illicit finance.

The FATF listing in March 2022 came as a blow to the UAE’s reputation as a major financial and business hub.

The watchdog has since upheld its decision, but a June report noted improved efforts in the UAE to tackle shortcomings.

The step announced on Sunday aims to enhance “the confidence of international investors in the UAE’s business environment” and encourage “them to bring their businesses to the UAE”, WAM said.

“The project’s significance lies in its role in protecting the national economy and reducing the impact of economic and financial crimes,” it added.

The resources-rich UAE has become a nexus connecting the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia and Asia. Dubai has the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic, and also one of the busiest seaports.

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