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COMBATING MONEY LAUNDERING:

Legal Perspective on the Role of Central and Commercial Banks


Adv. Justine Sipho Chitengi
DAAD Scholar & Advocate of the High Court for Zambia PhD Candidate Law & Policy (Walden-USA/Chreso-Zambia); LLM Organized Crimes Law (UWC-RSA/HU-Germany); LLB Merit (UNZAZambia); BSc Forestry (CBU-Zambia); PGC Public Policy, Governance & Leadership (AU-Zimbabwe//OSISA-RSA); CETP Contracting & Entrepreneurship (Northlink-RSA); PGC LPQE (ZIALE-Zambia); CPD Conveyancing (LAZ-Zambia); AHCZ.

Staff Training Central Bank Of Nigeria Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, 25- 30 August 2012. By the Institute for Finance & Economic- Zambia. The views herein expressed are solely attributable to the author 2012 Chitengi S.J.

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i. Introduction
ML

being a process of disguising illicit proceeds (ill-gotten funds), the role of financial institutions in the process both as possible intermediary and an effective point of curbing the vice cannot be overemphasized.

On the one hand, launderers are ever trying

to establish rapport with financial institutions as medium of perpetration because they know that ill-gotten monies that enter into the financial system can be legitimized if appropriate and effective measures are not 08/25/12 3 taken by financial institutions.

On the other hand, governments (through

enforcement agencies) are equally counting on financial institutions in an effort to combat the vice because the intervention of financial institutions is essential hereto in that they are the ones with direct or substantive connection with the launderers. Overview and General Understanding of Money Laundering. (Participants Input) Definition, Principles, History, Process, Dimension, Predicate Offences, Mischief, 08/25/12 4 Players and Roles.

Definitions of Money Laundering


Literal Definition Money Laundering is the attempt(s) or act(s) of a process to conceal or disguise the true nature and source of money (value) in a bid to mislead the public from knowing that the same are proceeds of crime. United Nations Dual Definitions 1988 UN Vienna Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: First, The conversion or transfer of property, knowing that such property is derived from any [drug trafficking] offence or offences, for the purpose of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the property or of assisting any person 08/25/12 who is involved in the commission of such an

The concealment or disguise of the true nature, source, location, disposition, movement, rights with respect to, or ownership of property, knowing that such property is derived from an offence or offences or from an act of participation in such an offence or offences.- Article 3(b). Second, The acquisition, possession or use of property, knowing at the time of receipt that such property was derived from an offence or offences, or from an act of participation in such an offence or offences.- Article 3(c)(i).
All the above are legal definitions and
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countries can devise their own additional to

Elements by Definition (a) Actus Reus Process; Concealment/Disguising/Transformation/C onversion/Usage/Acquisition/Possession; Money/Property/Value; True Source/nature/origin/use/ownership; Proceeds of crime; Derivative; and (b) Mens Rea Knowledge- actual/implied.
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Participants By Definition
Actual Perpetrators; Abettors- suppliers of instrumentalities; Accomplices- both and after the facts; and Other modus operandi participants.

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Techniques of ML By Definition
First Stage- Placement: Introduction of proceeds

of crime into the economy thus moving them from direct association with the crime;
Second Stage- Layering: Tactical maneuvering

of the introduced proceeds within the economy so as to impede and outwit possible pursuits by law enforcers by creating a sham of legitimacy. For instance, repeated and spontaneous money transfers or spurious transactions aimed at confusing audit trails; and stage- Integration: Reintegration or getting the laundered resources back to the instigator with a smokescreen making the proceeds 08/25/12 9
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Critique of the Definitional Stages/Techniques of ML


Kenneth

Mwenda avers that the three-stage interpretation of money laundering is superficial and has its roots in a time when money laundering was a crime that was often committed only in relation to proceeds of drug trafficking, which by virtue of the fact that all drugs are sold on the streets for cash, generated large volumes of cash.

This approach postulates that the process of

money laundering is a simple one and it occurs in three successive stages, namely, placement, layering and integration.

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Such postulations are somewhat misplaced as the 10

Historical Developments
legal mischiefs (white collar crimes) was first used by an American Judge in the case of US v $4,255,625.39 (1982) 551 F Supp.314 in 1982. Prior to that, it was originally coined by a journalist for newspaper tabloid to casually spur public resentment against the instigators of the 1973 Watergate scandal.Abhishek Dadoo, Money Laundering (2008) As a notion, though, the roots of ML date as far back as the early 1930s to the Al Capone epoch of bootlegging underworld black marketeering where Laundromats were bogusly used by the Mafia and gangsters as cash business frontages or facades to disguise ill-gotten proceeds of prostitution, gambling and extortion from the unsuspecting populace. Ultimately, the practice of modern ML proper started with the Mobs Accountant, Meyer Lansky, who got so apprehensive after the October 1931 trial and conviction of Al Capone that he skimmed a way of depositing/stashing his illegal loot in identified Swiss Banks. 08/25/12 Thereafter, he employed the ML tactic known as loanML as an a formal and official expression of economic

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Money laundering as a crime only attracted

Criminalisation of ML

interest in the 1980s, essentially within a drug trafficking context. It was from an increasing awareness of the huge profits generated from this heinous activity and a concern at the massive drug abuse problem in western society which created the impetus for governments to act against the drug dealers by creating legislation that would deprive them of their illicit gains and criminalise their conduct.- Ibid. Following therefrom, a number of international, regional and domestic legal instruments in almost all well-meaning 08/25/12 12 jurisdictions have since been enacted.

Criminal liability is often spelt out in a countrys

legislation, and it may include a term of imprisonment and/or a fine for engaging in or abetting and facilitating an offence of money laundering or obstructing an investigation into suspicions of money laundering activities. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, failure to report a suspicious transaction to the AML authorities could constitute a criminal offence just as would be the case where someone tips-off a suspected money launderers of possible investigations that are expected.
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almost all jurisdictions the aspect of criminalising ML has proved very controversial in checking the same against(i) constitutional guarantees/liberties of persons; and (ii) traditional criminal law doctrines.- See Chitengi , Pertinent Legal Issues and Impediments Fettering the Successful Prosecution of the Crime of Money Laundering and its Predicate Offences: Proposed Reforms in Zambia (2009).

On a plethora of authorities and indeed as

enunciated by Mwenda, op cit, the following 08/25/12 are some of the controversies surrounding14

Burden of Proof- Which party should shoulder the burden of proof in money laundering cases? In many common law jurisdictions, the burden of proof in criminal law cases, including offences of money laundering, lies on the prosecution. See Woolmington v. DPP [1935] AC 462; Cf. Rex v. Oliver Smith (1910) 6 Cr. App. R. 19, where it was stated that, as an exception to the rule that the burden of proof lies on the prosecution, where insanity is relied upon, the defendant must establish that defense. See also MNaughtons case (1843) 4 St. Tr. (N. S.) 847) a case hereto applicable by implication and analogy.

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Standard of Proof- The standard of proof normally is such that the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the offence!
This can make it very difficult for the prosecution

to succeed, especially in developing countries where there are very few good lawyers working for the State, say, within the Directorate of Public Prosecution. The majority are in private practice.
So, whats the way forward?

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A possible way out of this conundrum, would be to

introduce legislative changes that shift the burden of proof from the prosecution to the accused so that the accused should now prove beyond all reasonable doubt how, where and when he acquired his seemingly dubious wealth.
Indeed, the accused should show that he amassed

his or her wealth in a lawful and legal manner.


This proposal has in it a deterrent element. The

idea is that the law offender and all would-beoffenders should be discouraged from ever committing money laundering offences.
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Once the burden of proof has been shifted to the

defence, it would no longer be a question for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence of ML.
Rather, the accused would have to show, beyond

reasonable doubt, that he or she legally and lawfully acquired the wealth and did not engage in any offence of ML.
Admittedly, if implemented, the above proposal

would attract strong criticism. But, we are awake to this fact. In any case, both UNCAC and the Vienna Convention seem to okay this approach.
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notable criticism here could be that implementing such a proposal would have disastrous effects on the rule of law and the constitutionally guaranteed presumption of innocence.

But, then, is it not a precept of the law that to

every general rule there can be an exception?


Indeed, what wrong would there be in enshrining in

the Republican Constitution an exception to the general rule, stating therein, unequivocally and explicitly, that notwithstanding whatever is contained in the Bill of Rights, the exception 08/25/12 applies only to offences of ML, corruption, and drug 19

Civil

liability for ML offences, as a cushioning aspect of the criminal controversies often involves seizure and forfeiture of proceeds of crime to the State, and this is usually regulated by legislation. in common law jurisdictions, doctrines of Trusts Law play an important role through the institution of a Constructive Trust. common law that facilitates the recovery20

Also,

Restitution, too, is another aspect of the


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ML as a National and Global Manifestation


ML is multi-dimensional, constituting of both a

national as well as an international dimension; thus the typologies of ML are best observed at both levels.- Dadoo, op cit.
Tritely, ML a truly global phenomenon largely

exacerbated by the International financial community- offshore banking, safe havens and alternative remittance systems such as hawala among others.
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Indeed as per the 1993 UN Report, [T]he basic

characteristics of the laundering of the proceeds of crime, which to a large extent also mark the operations of organised and transnational crime, are its global nature, the flexibility and adaptability of its operations, the use of the latest technological means and professional assistance, the ingenuity of its operators and the vast resources at their disposal and connections/networks at the international scene. The international dimension of ML was well depicted in a study of Canadian ML police files where it was revealed that over 80% of all laundering schemes had an international22 08/25/12

ML on an international level necessitates it

having a national dimension as well. ML may, however, be practiced exclusively on a national level just as much there could be an overlap between the national and international dimension of laundering money.Dadoo, op cit. The international dimension of ML is far more effective as compared to the national dimension; it also becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible, to unravel the complex web transactions in order to expose the origin of the money that is the proceeds of the crime if23 08/25/12

Today, ML is a transnational legal mischief

ML in its Present Context

dealt with from both a criminal and/or civil perspective with the aim to take away financial gains from perpetrators.- Crime does not pay approach of messaging. As such AML actions could lie in personum or in rem. Considering the magnitude of ML negative effect on the world economy (economic distortion), both international and regional enforcement mechanisms/efforts are implicitly permitted to reinforce domestic efforts/mechanisms. Consequently, imperious defensive 08/25/12 arguments such as dual criminality,24

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The Policy Definition and Regulatory Frameworks

Leading jurisdictions have combined efforts

with either the international or regional communities to combat the ML menace and its predicate offences to ameliorate its devastating negative impact on their economies. efforts include enhancing the regulatory frameworks through legislative and policy interventions premised on evidencedbased AML programming and institutional 08/25/12 capacity building- mostly a concern of policy25
These

Policy Objectives: The Rationale Combating ML/CTF- Mwenda, op cit (a) ML tends to undermine legitimate private sector initiatives by extending finance and credit to front companies that are used by launderers, thereby making it difficult for other companies to compete with these front companies on a fair and level playing field; (b) ML may lead to a governments loss of control over economic policy when proceeds of crime continue to dwarf the governments budget;

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(c) ML also affects currencies and interest rates since launderers tend to reinvest their funds where their schemes are less likely to be detected rather than where rates of return are higher; (d) ML leads to economic distortion and instability since launderers are often not interested in profit generation from their investment but rather in concealing their identity and protecting the proceeds of crime (money launderers usually invest their laundered funds in activities that are not necessarily economically beneficial to the country, but which promise them concealment of the source of funds and the identity of the launderers);
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(e) ML can lead to loss of government revenue where tax evasion, as a predicate offence, is rampant in the country; (f) ML can lead to risks to privatization programs since money launderers often have the financial power to out-bid legitimate investors; (g) ML can expose a recipient country to reputation risk, resulting in the erosion of investor confidence in that countrys financial market;
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(h) ML can lead to a legal risk to banks in cases where banks are subjected to all sorts of lawsuits resulting from a banks failure to observe the know your customer standards or from failure to practice due diligence in customer evaluation and acceptance; (i) ML can compromise the corporate governance structure of a bank, especially in the case of small banks and their approach to deposit mobilization and customer selection; and (j) ML sometimes provides fuel for terrorists, while draining its milk from such predicate offences as drug dealing, animal poaching, tax evasion, the running of illegal brothels, illegal arms dealing, illegal trafficking in children and women, and

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AML Law and Regulation: A Case of Nigeria


for its part, has undertaken several initiatives aimed at combating ML though some of these have arguably been in response to international pressure. The first significant regulatory effort in form of legislation was probably the 1989 National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act, which bought Nigeria in tandem with the 1988 Vienna Convention. Subsequent such measures kept coming through, much to the commendation of all successive Governments for demonstrating political will and good leadership as well as the citizenry as demonstrated hereinafter: 1991 Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 08/25/12 30
Nigeria,

1994 Failed Banks (Recovery of Debt and

Financial Malpractice in Banks) Act; 1995 Money Laundering Act- amended 2002; 1995 Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Decree- creating 419 offences; 2000 Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act- establishing the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission; 2002 Electoral Act- replaced the 2001 Electoral Act; 2002 Economic and Financial Crimes Actestablishing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; 08/25/12

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As per Robert Hull et al, op cit, one of the

most significant of these efforts was the 2002 Economic and Financial Crimes Act, which, along with two important amendments to existing ML legislation, was passed partly in response to international pressure. The Act was signed on 14 December, just one day before an FATF deadline to recommend sanctions for non-compliance with the Forty Recommendations. The Act created the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), given a mandate to investigate all financial crimes, including ML, in addition to enforcing the aforesaid ML32 08/25/12

On the basis of the Implementation Plan

prepared by an inter-agency technical committee, set up by the EFCC in 2003, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) was also established. It became operational in the last quarter of 2004. The NFIU draws its power from the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 and the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2004.Ibid In shaping the creation and operation of the said NFIU, guidance was drawn from the FATF 40 Recommendations [Recommendation 26], United Nation Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime(Palermo Convention) [Article 7 (1)(b)], Egmont Group33 08/25/12

All these provisions point to the need for

every jurisdiction to create a national central body responsible for the collection and analysis of data for the purpose of referring financial information on suspected money laundering activities to the appropriate law enforcement agency and regulatory/supervisory institution.- Ibid

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Another important Nigerian body in the fight

against ML is the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), established in 2000. Its main tasks are to investigate reports of corrupt practices, to eradicate corruption in public bodies and to educate the public against corruption. The ICPC also lists amongst its duties the prevention of corruption through studies of systems, practices and procedure. Whilst the EFCC is an investigation and prosecution body focused on financial crime, the ICPC has a broader mandate to tackle 08/25/12 corruption as a predicate offence of ML in all35

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has since

been assigned greater responsibility in dealing with ML following the 2002 legislative amendments. In particular, the Governor has been given discretionary powers to intervene in the banking sector in order to safeguard confidence in the financial system as a whole. The CBN has also been given a greater role in financial sector surveillance, identifying trends and patterns of corruption in banks and other monetary institutions. The CBN has directed all commercial banks in Nigeria to report any transaction of a sum36 08/25/12

This system is set up to monitor money

sources and uses, track spending patterns and generally forestall terrorist activity. Anyone who cannot satisfactorily explain a transaction over a half million naira may be charged under the Exchange Control (AntiSabotage) Act, which carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison for individuals, and a fine of N100,000 (US $1000) for corporate enterprises.- Ibid. As rightly observed by Hull, et al, op cit, legal persons can also be charged with ML under the said National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act, which carries a penalty 08/25/12 of ten years to life in prison, and forfeiture of 37

If a bank fails to report transactions for

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amounts over a half million naira, it may carry a penalty of imprisonment, fines, or both. Corporations convicted of such an offense may be forced to forfeit their property and assets.- Ibid The CBN also has a responsibility to coordinate efforts among financial organisations to increase efficiency in regulatory oversight. This is done through the Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC), representing a framework for coordination of regulatory and supervisory activities in the Nigerian financial

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Alongside the work of the CBN to monitor the

banking sector the Nigerian Stock Exchange has a number of structures and measures in place to check money laundering in Nigeria. These include a Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) aimed at making transactions more transparent; Administrative Guidelines to ensure the proper documentation of legitimate capital importation through Nigerian banks; and Know Your Client Requirement and membership of the International Federation of Stock Exchanges, which subjects them to international standards and code of best39 08/25/12

Freezing of CBNs Role

Accounts-

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency

Act, the Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Decree (previously the now repealed Exchange Control (AntiSabotage) Act) and the Money Laundering Act all authorise the freezing of assets.- Ibid Freezing accounts may be administrative or judicial, coming from the Central Bank of Nigeria, or as the result of a judgment handed by an authorized court or tribunal.- Ibid Assets can be frozen at the request of another government in cases where both governments share mutual legal treaties in cases of criminal or civil matters.- Ibid 08/25/12 40

A final measure introduced in Nigeria has

been the creation of the due process office in the Presidency. This is one of the Nigerian Governments greatest efforts to enthrone accountability and transparency in the public service. Since its creation, over N85 billion has been recovered by the office.- Ibid
These success stories are attributable to a

number of concerted efforts by all stakeholders such as the distribution of a booklet, Know Your Customer, to banks throughout Nigeria, as well as convening seminars and conferences on ML.- Both the Central Bank and Commercial banks deserve41 08/25/12

The FRSCCs members are the Central Bank

of Nigeria (as chairman), the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Insurance Commission, Corporate Affairs Commission and the Federal Ministry of Finance. Observers are the National Board for Community Banks, the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Iii. Money Laundering Techniques


Placing, Layering and Integration of illicit

funds/value executed in a single or multiple combination of the following 10 complex typologies or mechanics among others:Dadoo 1) Retail Businesses: These businesses may be used as mere fronts where most of the sales disclosed are fictitious. Owners of such fronts may convert their illegally obtained income into legitimate income by showing sales through the retail business and paying the requisite taxes as applicable. The same technique as applicable to retail sale also 08/25/12 43 applies to wholesale businesses;

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2) Charity Shows: ML by way of organizing charity and entertainment shows constitutes an effective method ML. The key to laundering money by this mode lies in the fraudulent sale of tickets. The extant to which fraudulent tickets can be sold is the extent to which money can be laundered; 3) Lottery tickets: The lottery constitutes big business in several countries. Launderers acquire lottery tickets from genuine winners by paying them the lottery prize with their illegitimately acquired proceeds. The encashment of these tickets leads to the legitimization of their proceeds. A similar

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4) Casinos: ML is given effect in casinos by way of the launderers taking their proceeds to the casinos and buying large number of casino chips with which they did little or practically no gambling. At the end of the day, the launderer conveniently cashes the casino chips passing them off as genuine winnings; 5) Property: The sale of property at random prices constitutes an effective way of laundering money. Sale of low value property at highly inflated prices is one such technique. The 08/25/12 level to which the price is inflated is the extant45

6) Inheritance laws: Laws of inheritance related to jewellery comprise yet another technique of laundering money. Illegal proceeds may be laundered to this extant by the families of such married women; 7) Securities market: The capitalization of markets is one of the primary ways to mobilize funds for economic growth. The markets so capitalized are also known as the stock exchanges. The stock market characterizes as one of its features that as long as the prices of shares moves up or down, the participants in 08/25/12 this market make money. In the securities46

8) Insurance sectors: Insurance companies offer life insurance and other forms of general insurance, including health and property insurance. Laundering of money is given effect by investing in very expensive insurance policies and after paying a few premiums, applying for premature encashment of policies at a discounted rate. The payment of the premature policies received by the insurer is passed on as legitimate money.

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9) Amnesty schemes: ML an offence which is punishable by law but it is no secret that laws against money laundering have not entirely succeeded in curbing its practice. Sometimes governments, therefore, introduce amnesty schemes from time to time. These schemes are introduced to bring black money into the open. Under these schemes governments facilitate for the people to declare their illegally acquired proceeds on the payment of a certain amount of tax. The scheme also make provisions for non-inquiry of the source of the money and after payment of tax it becomes legitimate money. 08/25/12 An example is the Indian Government which48

10) Illegal Oil Bunkering: In Nigeria for example, this is big business, just like the financial fraud (419 scams), accounting for as much as around 10% of Nigerias daily production and generating between US$1.5 billion and US$4 billion per year. Numerous cartels operate in various districts of the Niger Delta, including Bonny, Akassa, Cawthorne Channel and Okrika to name a few. These employ sophisticated techniques to siphon oil from legitimate companies pipelines. It is then sold on the black market. The profits generated from the sale of illegal oil are laundered in Nigeria, in the case of lower-level cartel foot soldiers, or internationally, in the case of cartel49 08/25/12

Fundamental AML Principles


Derivative

Offence- Founded on other underlying crimes; Predicate offences- Underlying offences e.g. corruption; Burden of Proof- May Shift to accused (Illicit enrichment); PEP- Notion of strict liability implied on Politically Exposed Person; Asset Recovery and Property ForfeitureEntry, Search, Warrant, seizure, confiscation, freezing and finally forfeiture of proceeds to the State (in rem and/or in personum);
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Lis Pendens- Pre- hearing seizure of real

property; Bona Vacantia doctrine- Failure to prove source of resources; Cybercrime and Banking Law- Principles of Electronic Evidence, ATM Skimming, Phishing etc.;
FIUs- International Cooperation Among FIUs; and FSAs- International Cooperation Among Financial

Supervisory Authorities.
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Laundering as a Process
i. Placement ii. Layering iii.Integration

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Purpose of ML
i. Legitimation; ii. Evading the Law; iii.Concealing and Broad Disguise; iv.Investment for criminal purpose; and v. Advance World Terrorism- 9/11 Twin

Tower.
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Methods and Typologies of ML


i.

Domestic Laundering- Commercial Banks Major Target LaunderingHeavens(Sese Seko Case) Safe

ii. Cross-Border

iii. Trade Based Laundering- Lawyers, Insurers,

Bankers etc.

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IV. International AML Systems : NIGERIAS SUCCESSFUL Prevention and Response Mechanisms

In

terms of prevention and response mechanisms to ML, there are a number

international legal instruments and initiatives that contribute, through binding norms or otherwise, to the shaping of the landscape of jurisprudence manifesting themselves in various forms including the following among others: Conventions; -Vienna Convention Recommendations; FATF 40+9 Recommendations Principles;- Basel Principles on the Prevention of Criminal Use of the Banking System for the Purpose of ML (1988) 08/25/12 55 Directives;- European Union Council Directive on

Declarations;- Kingston Declaration on Money Laundering (November 5-6, 1992) Standards & Guidelines;- Papers issued by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) Model Laws; and- UN Model ML and Proceeds of Crime Bill(2000), International ML Information Network (IMoLIN).

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The Financial Action Task ForceFATF


Among the international efforts and works on

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ML, the FATF is the most significant and prominent. Origin- In response to mounting concern over ML, the FATF was established by the G-7 Summit that was held in Paris in 1989. Recognising the threat posed to the banking system and to financial institutions, the G-7 Heads of State or Government and President of the European Commission convened the Task Force from the G-7 member States, the European Commission and eight other countries.-http://www.fatf-gafi.org/pages/aboutus/historyofthefatf/ In 1990, the FATF issued a report named The

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The Forty Recommendations were endorsed

by more than 130 countries and it today considered the leading AML standard. The success of the FATF and its Recommendations was that the report clearly expressed its objectives and mechanisms to combat ML, providing broad standards and principles that may equally be applicable in different jurisdictions with diverse legal frameworks and traditions.- Dadoo, op cit.
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Nature and Mandate - Inter-governmental body for development and promotion of policies, both at national and international levels, to combat money laundering through recommendations. Membership- Direct Members; Associate Members; and Observers. Like the rest of African countries, with the exception of South Africa, Nigeria is not part of the current 34 direct Member States of FATF but an indirect Member State of the FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs) namely GIABA.http://www.fatf08/25/12

gafi.org/pages/aboutus/membersandobservers/

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FATF Activities- From Inception to Date


inception, the FATF was given the responsibility of examining money laundering techniques and trends, reviewing the action which had already been taken at a national or international level, and setting out the measures that still needed to be taken to combat money laundering. In April 1990, less than one year after its creation, the FATF issued a report containing a set of Forty Recommendations, which were intended to provide a comprehensive plan of action needed to fight against money 08/25/12 60 laundering.
At

In 2001, the development of standards in the

fight against terrorist financing was added to the mission of the FATF. In October 2001 the FATF issued the Eight Special Recommendations to deal with the issue of terrorist financing. The continued evolution of ML techniques led the FATF to revise the FATF standards comprehensively in June 2003. In October 2004 the FATF published a Ninth Special Recommendations, further strengthening the agreed international standards for combating ML and terrorist financing (TF)- the 40+9 Recommendations.
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In February 2012, the FATF completed a

thorough review of its standards and published the revised FATF Recommendations. This revision is intended to strengthen global safeguards and further protect the integrity of the financial system by providing governments with stronger tools to take action against financial crimes. They have been expanded to deal with new threats such as the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and to be clearer on transparency and tougher on corruption. The 9 Special Recommendations on TF have 08/25/12 62

The FATF Forty Recommendations


Key responsibilities of Member States: i.Ensuring compliance and providing an appropriate regime of sanctions for failure to comply; ii.Application of Counter Measures; iii.Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation; iv.Devise Methodology of Assessing Compliance with the FATF 40 Recommendations and FATF 9 Special Recommendation (2006); and v.Establish own FIU to serve as a national63 08/25/12

FATF 9 Special Recommendation (2006)

Legislate

against

ML

in

furtherance

of

Terrorism;
Establishes and recognises the connection

between ML and Terrorism; and


Supplements the FATF 40 Recommendations.
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Other FATF regional and international AML Initiatives


Asia/Pacific

Group

on

Money

Laundering

(APG); Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF); Eastern and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG); Financial Action Task Force for South America (GAFISUD); Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA); MONEYVAL Committee of the Council of Europe (the select Committee of experts on the evaluation of anti-money laundering65 08/25/12

The Role of International Financial Institutions (IFIs)


The following international organisations

have observer status with the FATF.They have, among other functions, a specific anti-money laundering mission or function. i. The International Monetary Fund (IMF)ii.The World Bank (WB)iii.The African Development Bank (ADB)iv.The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)08/25/12 66

Nigerias Scores on the International and Regional Stage

Regional Efforts Nigeria played a major role in the establishment of Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering In Africa (GIABA) a regional action group against ML.
The countries involved are Nigeria, Benin,

Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d' Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra 08/25/12 67 Leone and Togo.

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission

(EFCC) anchored the hosting in Nigeria of ECOWAS Legal Experts in November 2003 to consider legislative framework for Member States. The EFCC also facilitated the meeting between GIABA and Development Partners in May 2004 to draft a two year Strategic Action Plan for a FATF styled regional body. The plan was adopted by ECOWAS Council of ministers at its meeting on 1 July 2004 in Abuja. The commission also facilitated the 3rd Technical Commission and Ministerial Meeting of GIABA. The commission also co-sponsored the 3rd plenary of GAIBA.
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International Cooperation
There are also cases of effective joint

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working between Nigeria and state organisations outside of Africa. The cooperation between the EFCC and Scotland Yard over attempts to prosecute two Nigerian State Governors for money laundering is one such example.-Hull et al, op cit. Another is the reported collaboration between the EFCC and US officials regarding Nigerian politicians purchase of property with embezzled funds. Assistance

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Of all these, the most internationally lauded

attempt to address cooperation with international bodies is the Gulf of Guinea Energy Security Strategy that was drafted at the behest of President Obasanjo in August 2004.- Ibid The Strategy links Nigerias domestic efforts with those of specific international partners in the first instance being the US and UK governments, and then extend other governments and international financial institutions with the specific aim of closing down ML channels specifically linked to crude oil theft and illegal arms importation.- How far 08/25/12 70 advanced today?

ML, Banks & Terrorism


Often a time, money to fund terrorists is laundered and

transmitted through the financial sector.


This explains the concern of many multilateral

financial institutions with the scourge of money laundering and its impact on the stability and soundness of the financial sector in many countries.
Modern financial systems, in addition to facilitating

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PART II: SPECIFIC BASE:- THE ROLE OF CENTRAL AND COMMERCIAL BANKS IN COMBATING ML

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Commercial Banks- 10 Key Mandates


1. ML Detection; 2.KYC, Customer Identification and Due Diligence Enforcement; 3. Staff Training, sensitization and education; 4. Record Keeping Requirements Observation; 5. Suspicious Transaction Reporting; 6. Cash Transaction Reporting; 7.Internal Controls, Compliance office set up, forensic Auditing and Forensic Accounting; 8. Forensic Investigations- Cooperation & Disclosure; 9. Judicial Proceedings/OrdersAdducing 08/25/12 73 Evidence; and

Central Banks- 10 Key Mandates


1. Supervisory Role- All Financial Institutions; 2. Compliance Monitoring; 3. Formulation of Regulations; 4. Setting Minimum Standards of Practice; 5. Unfair Competition Regulation; 6. Fiscal Governance; 7. Staff Training and Appraisal/Capacity building; 8. IC & MLA; 9. FIU Representation and TA thereto; and 10. Government Liaison- Advisory Policy 08/25/12 Directions on ML.

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Conclusions
Role of Central and Commercial Banks herein

may be classified into two: (a) Prevention; and (b) Response. ML requires embracing of economic liberalization, a consequence of which is greater integration of financial and banking systems worldwide.- Dadoo, op cit. While offences of ML tend to be dependant

upon the occurrence of some underlying criminal behaviour, or a predicate offence, the act of terrorism can involve 08/25/12 use of clean money which does not75

Because ML relies to some extent on existing financial

systems and operations, the criminals choice of ML vehicles is limited only by his or her creativity (Mwenda, op cit), therefore, Bank staff need to be careful how much ingenuity they pass to clients as they may peradventure be aiding the commission of ML as accessories before the fact. money is laundered through currency exchange houses, stock brokerage houses, gold dealers, casinos, automobile dealerships, insurance companies, trading companies, private banking facilities, offshore banking, shell corporations, free trade zones, wire 08/25/12 76 systems, and trade financing.
Indeed,

Typical indicators of ML in the banking sector include among others:- Bankers, WATCH OUT!!! large deposits and transfers;

false name accounts; accounts of friends, relatives and cronies;

(electronic structured transactions of electronic cash); shell and front companies, usually offshore, for layering transactions; and lawyers, accountants, consultants, trustees, fiduciaries collection or clients pool accounts. 08/25/12 77

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recommendations- Bankers Role


Considering the major role played by banks in

the laundering process, it is mandatory to note that ML can greatly be checked if all banks file appropriate reports in time. Bank's role in preventing ML begins with ensuring KYC requirements and to watch activities inconsistent with customer's business. Banks operating staff should persistently monitor suspicious activities/transactions like large deposits immediately followed by wire transfers, large cash transactions, changing currency to higher denomination notes etc. It must be born in mind that illegal money can be moved by all manners of means. Criminal78 08/25/12

violating Banking Law, bankers should regulate the use of automated banking. The more automated the banking and financial system becomes, the less faceto-face contact between clients and employees and greater the holes in the detection unless client information is electronically scanned for abnormal patterns and connections. There is much disenchantment with suspect transaction being reported. It is actually difficult to distinguish between objectively suspect transactions or those which short of the threshold, are merely suspected. Ordinary 08/25/12 transactions may present vital information as79

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Bankers should set up and/or strengthen their AML

programmes. As stated by Mwenda, op cit, a good AML programme should Provide for an early warning system, covering effective and efficient risk management and compliance to deter and counter money laundering activities.
Such a programme must involve the use of internal

control measures like the KYC, due diligence, know the counter partners, know your business, know your administration, recognize suspicious transactions, and continuous education and training.
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Equally important, a good AML Programme should

emphasise preventive measures against money laundering through continuous in-house exchange of new hints and trends on effective compliance; The MLRO in a financial institution, such as a bank, should be independent in his or her functions (i.e. reporting and accountable only to the Board) and should be serving at managerial level so that there is no interference from other sections of management. There is also need for a strong whistle-blower protection program if AML efforts are to succeed so that whistle-blowers are not victimised by perpetrators of 08/25/12 money laundering.- Mwenda- op cit. 81

Though not necessarily a proposal for bankers hereon,

law reforms should be considered to lower the standard of proof in criminal law cases of ML from the traditional beyond reasonable doubt to the civil law standard of balance of probabilities. Bankers may lobby legislators hereon. Such a measure would remove the onerous and strenuous task on the prosecution especially given that law policing and criminal investigation offices in many developing countries are understaffed and have limited resources at their disposal to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence of money laundering.
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Lastly,

there is need to introduce technologically advanced computer systems that can identify trends in outward financial transactions and detect unusual/suspicious transaction by bookmarking them with alerting red tape.

Reported CBN working closely with the EFCC

to do so, how far so far?

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On behalf of IFE- Zambia, Dr Caleb Fundanga

End of Presentation

and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to most sincerely thank you all for having accorded me this rare opportunity to interact with your busy selves in the manner we just did. Stay well!!!

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