The UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has provided Iranian officials with an anti-money laundering training course, it was announced in Tehran on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC), 75
Iranian officers from banks, insurance companies, the Stock Exchange and other
financial institutions, received diplomas for successfully completing
computer-based training on anti-money laundering held during 2010 and early
The UNODC Representative in Iran, Antonino De Leo congratulated the participants and gave away the diplomas during a ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, he stated that, "Fighting money laundering plays a key role in the fight against illegal drug trafficking, crime and corruption. Without an effective anti-money laundering regime, it is impossible to fight these problems at national and international levels."
The training focuses on prevention, identification and investigation of money laundering cases. The 75 officers who completed the training are now better equipped to identify and report money laundering cases and suspicious financial and cash transactions. Forty-five additional officers are currently undergoing training.
Under its new 2011-2014 country program, UNODC plans to facilitate dialogue and exchange of experiences at bilateral, regional and international level in the areas of transnational organized crime, anti money laundering and corruption control.
Money laundering is a crime which takes place when money originating from illegal activities is "washed" through a number of personal transfers, businesses or financial transactions, so that it comes out the other end as legal or legitimate money. By working to combat money laundering, the United Nations makes a crucial contribution to governments in their fight against organized crime and the protection and preservation of legal businesses, national economies and social stability.
UNODC's training on anti money laundering aims to follow up Iran's 2008 Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which was the first initial step to fight money laundering in Iran, and the establishment of the Financial Intelligence Unit, which was set up with the assistance of UNODC in February 2009.
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