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Financial monitoring unveiles 360 case of terrorism financing in Kazakhstan

05 august 2013, 13:18
Financial Monitoring Commission of Kazakhstan Finance Ministry has revealed 360 cases of financing of terrorism, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the Commission’s chairman Mussiraly Utebayev as saying at the briefing.

“Over 700 thousand messages have received in relation to operations of subjects of financial monitoring since the beginning of the year as part of the effort to collect and process information on operations with money and other property subject to financial monitoring. 560 thousand of them were threshold transactions, over 130 thousand were suspicious and 360 were related to terrorism financing. After processing and analysis of the messages, 126 cases were transferred for further investigations and actions to the state and law-enforcement authorities in line with their competencies,” Utebayev said.

According to him, the Commission is a division of Kazakhstan’s financial surveillance system and its proper operation requires interaction with financial surveillance authorities of other countries and international organizations.

“Since the beginning of the year the Commission performed around 100 operations related to the anti-terrorist investigations. Over 50 inquiries were made to the foreign financial surveillance divisions and around 40 inquiries were received from them,” Utebayev said.

He also added that the Commission signed a memorandums of cooperation with financial surveillance divisions of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, UAE, Russia, Ukraine and Tajikistan.

It was reported earlier that in 6 months of 2013 Kazakhstan financial police suppressed activities of 16 companies involved in financing of radical religious groups. 68 criminal cases were initiated against adherers of extremism and terrorism.

By Baubek Konyrov

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