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TRINIDAD | TT must amend anti-terrorism law by September or face blacklisting

Featured Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Susan Francois. FILE PHOTO Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Susan Francois. FILE PHOTO
PORT OF SPAIN - April 27, 2018 - The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) wants Trinidad and Tobago to put in place more aggressive legislation aimed at combating the financing of terrorist organisations by September or face penalty by that organization which could include blacklisting.

This is is the word from the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Ministry of Finance Susan Francois, who spoke during a Joint Select Committee at Parliament this morning.

Francois said that the Task Force which is a Paris-based organisation was responsible for setting standards for the prevention of money-laundering and terrorist financing and said a review of TT's anti-terrorist legislation in 2015 revealed that current legislation was not sufficiently robust to tackle these issues.

She added both government and opposition must reach some agreement on proposed amendments to the anti-terrorism bill by September before the Task Force convenes or face some financial sanctioning, which may include TT's blacklisting and result in increased difficulties in international trade.

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