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Council of EU tightens rules on Money Laundering

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The adopted a new directive aimed at counteracting on Thursday, the council said in a press release.

"This directive introduces new criminal provisions which will disrupt and block access by criminals to financial resources, including those used for terrorist activities," the press release read.

The new measures will include setting the minimum prison sentence for money laundering-related offenses at four years, while judges will also be granted opportunity to impose additional sanctions,

Under the directive, it will be possible to hold legal entities liable for activities and impose sanctions against them.

The directive also aims at enhancing cross-border cooperation of the EU states' police and justice.

"For cross-border cases, the new rules clarify which member state has jurisdiction, and how those member states involved cooperate, as well as how to involve Eurojust," the statement said.

The directive is now set to be published in the EU Journal, and then the EU member states will have up to 24 months to sign it into

In September, the passed the council's directive on countering by criminal law, initiated in May, and submitted it to the EU nations. The new directive complements its criminal aspects.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 21:01 IST
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