Sri Lanka FIU to obtain direct access to INTERPOL information system

INTERPOL

Oct 18, 2019 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) entered into an agreement with INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Sri Lanka (NCB Colombo) recently to obtain direct access to the INTERPOL Information System.

Money laundering and terrorist financing are internationally connected financial crimes that could threaten the stability of domestic as well as global economic and financial systems.

The Financial Intelligence Unit said in a statement that the agreement would enable to gather intelligence and information which is vital for the prevention, detection, and prosecution of such offences.

The FIU has already entered into Memoranda of Understanding with 39 foreign counterparts as well as 10 domestic agencies in order to share information to strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework of the country.

Senior Deputy IGP, Head of NCB Colombo, DWRB Seneviratne, and DM Rupasinghe, Director, FIU signed the agreement on behalf of the respective institutions in the presence of Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy and CD Wickramaratne, Acting IGP.