Senior MP: Iran's policy of combating moneys laundering has nothing to do with FATF
A top Iranian parliamentarian has insisted that anti-money laundering legislation in Iran has not come about because of FATF recommendations.
Iran Press/ Iran news: In an interview with Iran press international news agency on Sunday 30 September 2018, vice chairman of Iran's Parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, Kamal Dehghani FiruzAbadi stressed the fact that all of measures by Iranian parliament as well as the government, have been taken in order to fight against money laundering has not been done out of FATF's recommendation.
FiruzAbadi pointedly added: "But rather we have done it for the sake of our own national interests so many years ago."
The top parliamentarian went on to say that all of the countries should consider money laundering as a crime and activate heavy penalties for those who engage in money laundering.
FiruzAbadi further explained that Iranian government has passed its own laws to combat "financial support of terrorism", and this legislation has been approved by the Council of Guardians, a body which oversees the Majlis (Iranian parliament).
The Financial Action Task Force (on Money Laundering) (FATF), also known by its French name, Groupe d'action financière (GAFI), is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 group of industrialised nations to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001 the organisation's mandate expanded to include terrorism financing.
On 20 June 2018 Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians slammed global powers for making conventions that would only serve their own interests and said: "The country members of these conventions have no role in creating them. The global powers prepare these conventions based on their own interests and benefits. Then, allied, submissive, compliance countries enact these conventions in their, countries.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that Iran has no problem accepting conventions that bring about laws of stability and fighting corruptions while preserving its own independence. His Eminence added: When an independent state, like the Islamic Republic of Iran, rejects them, it is reproached by saying, ‘150 other countries have accepted the agreement, why wouldn’t you accept it?’ Some of these conventions have useful articles; no problem.
The solution is that the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) itself enact these articles as laws. For instance, a law for combating terrorism can be enacted.
"We should not accept things when we don’t know their eventual consequences, while we know the potential problems, for the sake of some positive aspectsaspects," warned the leader.