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Govt lacks expertise to combat financial crimes: Green

Government is aware of the need for competent and equipped officials who can detect, investigate and prosecute those that gain from financial crimes.

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Justice Ropate Green, who said there is also a need for expertise that can trace and confiscate the illicit wealth generated from these crimes.

His statement comes after the National Anti-Money Laundering Council’s concerns in the spike in cases reported with the nature and number of financially motivated crimes together with the potential wealth that local criminals have from these crimes.

This has forced the Council to strategise to further strengthen legal and institutional measures to combat money laundering and financial crimes in Fiji.

Green emphasised that importance of Fiji having strong laws and institutions in place to fight the problem of financial crime.

He said the Council is fully committed to addressing these deficiencies by working with relevant stakeholders by working with relevant agencies and with technical assistance from international partners.

Green added that the Council is also driving national efforts to prepare for Fiji’s next mutual evaluation in  where the country will be assessed on its compliance with international standards on combating money laundering and financial crimes.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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