Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Suspect Vatican transactions 'show system works' says AIF

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Vatican City, May 22 - The six cases of suspect
transactions at the Holy See last year "are the sign that the
reporting system has started to work," the head of the Vatican's
Financial Information Authority (AIF) said Wednesday
"It's a rather promising and encouraging sign," said Rene'
Bruelhart, commenting on the AIF's 2012 annual report.
He did not go into the specifics of the transactions,
specifying only that "they were not tied to financing
terrorism".
The AIF said this was a big increase on the single case
that was identified in 2011 at the presentation of its first
annual report on the Vatican's activities to combat money
laundering.
Established by Benedict XVI in 2010, the AIF is charged
with monitoring the commercial and monetary activities of
Vatican agencies, such as the Governorate of Vatican City State
and the Vatican Bank, also known as the Institute for Religious
Works (IOR).
The Holy See has been trying without success to join the
'white list' of states that meet international standards on
combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
In a report last July, the Council of Europe's Moneyval
department said that the Holy See had made progress on financial
transparency, but added that more reforms were needed.
Soon after, the Holy See appointed Bruelhart, a Swiss
expert, to work on Anti-Money Laundering and Financing of
Terrorism (AML/CFT) activities and strengthen the Holy See's
framework to fight financial crimes.

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