Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism

​What is money laundering and Financing of Terrrorism



Money laundering is the transformation via criminal acts that aim to disguise the origin or of the actual owner’s funds, of the gains from illicit activities into reusable capital as per the law, and giving it a legal appearance.

Money laundering encompasses three distinct and sequential stages:

Placement: assets and revenue are placed on financial and non-financial circuits;

Circulation: assets and revenue are subject to manifold and recurrent transactions, intent on distancing same from the criminal source, thereby cleansing (laundering) the traces of its origin and ownership;

Inclusion: the assets and revenue that after recycling are reintroduced into the legitimate economic circuits (i.e. via acquisition of goods and services).

Money laundering is a crime as per Article 368-A of the Penal Code.



In 2003, terrorism financing was proscribed (Article 5-A of Law No. 52/2003of 22 August, with the wording introduced via Article 62 of Law No. 25/2008 of 25 June). Freezing and seizure of assets belonging to perpetrators of terrorism acts and those the support and finance terrorist groups and organizations in now envisaged and the duty to inform on any suspicious transactions that may be related to terrorism.   Duties that prevent money laundering have been reinforced, particularly the duty to identify concerning fund transfer transactions.

Preventing and combating terrorism financing is a priority of the EU and FATF’s agenda.