MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Improvements to the bill required
The federal cabinet passed a draft law on Wednesday to improve the criminal law fight against money laundering. Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak, the legal policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group:
“We have to meet criminals where it hurts them: with money. As a Union we have therefore insisted on tightening the criminal law on money laundering. It is important to us that in the end we don’t just write a toothless paper tiger in the legal journal. Money laundering rules must become a sharp sword in the fight against organized crime and terrorism.
That is why we have enforced that the criminal liability of frivolous money laundering is not deleted as originally intended by the SPD Ministry of Justice. The majority of money laundering offenses are judged according to this regulation. If this had been omitted without replacement, this would have left a massive gap in criminal liability. Because deliberate money laundering acts are very difficult to prove in practice. This would have played into the hands of organized clan crime in particular. We prevented that.
The draft law urgently needs to be improved on the independent confiscation of assets of unknown origin. According to the ideas of the Federal Ministry of Justice, the future should include only be possible if there is an initial suspicion of a gang or commercial predicate offense of money laundering. Under no circumstances should it stay that way, otherwise the instrument will be deprived of its effectiveness. Because it is precisely at the core of independent confiscation that the predicate offense is not known. That is why you do not know whether it was committed in a gang or commercial way. To require this proof would be absurd and absolutely counterproductive. “
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