FIU made 5,772 ‘info’ requests in six years

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KUWAIT CITY, July 3: The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) requested information 5,772 times from five government agencies as part of its investigations on suspicions of money laundering and terrorist financing over a period of six consecutive years, reports Al-Anba daily.

The Financial Intelligence Unit has the authority to obtain any information, data or documents, which it deems necessary for the performance of its tasks, from the relevant authorities, the notifying authorities and counterpart units, in order to be able to make a decision based on the information or notifications it received and reasonable evidence of suspicion.

According to official data, the Financial Intelligence Unit requested the most amount of information from the Ministry of Interior. With the Ministry of Interior, it recorded about 1,335 requests for information over a period of six years. This is followed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with 1,201 requests, the Ministry of Justice with 1,108 requests, the Kuwait Clearing Company with 1,067 requests, and then the General Administration of Customs with 1,061 requests.

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