The Malta Independent 24 January 2022, Monday

Watch: Europol publishes footage of Malta arrests in money laundering operation

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 18:49 Last update: about 3 months ago

Europol has published footage in which the Maltese police arrested seven individuals as part of a money laundering investigation.

Europol said it has supported the Maltese Authorities in investigating an organised crime group suspected of having laundered over €20 million through Malta. Other foreign jurisdictions were partners in the investigation.

A total of 7 suspects of Libyan and Maltese origin were arrested across the Maltese islands on 29 November for their involvement in this money-laundering scheme. 

The suspects are believed to have laundered millions in illicit funds through five Maltese companies which the criminal group controlled, it said.

The funds were for the most part sent to Turkey using both cash couriers and the informal hawala money transfer system. The investigation is ongoing to identify the origin of these ill-acquired funds, believed to be linked with tax evasion and other criminal offences.

On the occasion of the action day, some €70 000 in cash was seized, alongside a considerable amount of jewellery, branded clothing and watches, luxurious vehicles, foreign number plates and electronic equipment with an approximate value of €5 million.

Europol’s European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC) has supported this investigation since June 2020, providing continuous analysis to support the Maltese investigators in developing the intelligence on this criminal group.

During the action day, Europol deployed a specialist to Malta to support the investigators with real-time cross-checks and document analysis. 

 

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