Germany: Terrorists slipping through net thanks to anti-money laundering unit delays

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July 11 2018

It took a second glance to confirm what the officer was seeing and it was still unbelievable. The list of people suspected of money laundering at a bank included a member of Al Qaeda. The policeman, based in northern Germany, called it a “security catastrophe.”

Unfortunately that wasn’t the only problem. It had taken more than six months for the list to reach the officer’s desk. He blames the national Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The relatively new unit is endangering the lives of German citizens, in his view.