Taiwan, Holy See ink anti-money laundering MOU

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Taiwan, Holy See ink anti-money laundering MOU

The Vatican, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan and the Vatican signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday on joint efforts to combat international money-laundering and financial support for terrorist activities.

The MOU was signed by Lee Hung-chin (李宏錦), a Ministry of Justice (MOJ) official in charge of combating money-laundering, and Tomasso di Ruzza, director of the Holy See's Financial Information Authority, and witnessed by Lee Shih-ming (李世明), Taiwan's ambassador to the Vatican.

Under the MOU, both countries will cooperate in targeting money-laundering and exchange information on financial support for terrorism.

MOJ's Lee said international criminals have turned to high-tech, cross-border trade, virtual money and charity organizations to cover up their money-laundering activities.

After many rounds of talks, officials of both countries came to the conclusion that cross-border cooperation is needed to combat international money-laundering, he said.

With the MOU going into effect, the Holy See will be able to ask for access to data in Taiwan pertaining to investigations of the suspected use of Taiwanese banks to launder money, Lee said.

Taiwan will also be able to ask for information from Vatican banks suspected of having been used to engage in illegal money transfers, he added.

Although the Vatican has signed similar MOUs with 39 countries, the one with Taiwan is the first in the Asia-Pacific. Taiwan has signed related MOUs with 42 countries.

(By Huang Ya-shih, Ku Chuan and S.C. Chang)
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