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Pakistan added to money-laundering countries blacklist

Paris, Fri, 17 Feb 2012 ANI

Paris, Feb 17 (ANI): An international money-laundering watchdog has added Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, Tanzania and Thailand to its blacklist of nations that fail to meet international standards.


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has found that those five countries were flaunting recommendations made to them toward fighting money-laundering and financing terrorism, The Nation quoted its executive secretary, Rick McDonell, as saying. We are looking exclusively at the implementation of the standards. Countries that we look at wind up on the list because they have not implemented them," he added.


The body can make recommendations to any of the 36 countries that have signed a membership charter, as well as other nations, but it has no power to carry out sanctions.


The FATF, whose recommendations reach over 180 countries through regional networks, estimates that money laundering and related financial crimes cost between two percent and five percent of global gross domestic product.


In its report, the FATF also called on governments to consider tax evasion as a money-laundering offence. The agency is also extending its focus to target the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


The FATF blacklist now includes 17 countries. (ANI)


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