FIAU: Onus is on police to probe money laundering

It is up to the police to decide how to proceed once reports detailing suspicions of money laundering were sent to them by the FIAU, a spokesman for the government’s anti-money laundering agency told this paper.

In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta last week, former FIAU investigator and police inspector Jonathan Ferris said the police went against normal procedures by not even registering the Panama Papers reports submitted by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit.

“If they are not registered, it is like they do not exist,” Mr Ferris said.

The police have denied Mr Ferris’ claim but refused a request by this paper to be given the registration numbers of the FIAU reports.

The FIAU’s spokesman was asked if the agency was surprised that the Police Commissioner concluded there was no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity by Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, and by Konrad Mizzi,

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