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Vatican can re-access reserved information on global financial crimes


From today forward, the Vatican can re-access reserved information contained within the global network of Financial Intelligence Units against money laundering and terrorist financing.

On Nov. 13, the Egmont Group suspended the Vatican's “Financial Information Authority” (AIF) from accessing its reserved data. The decision was made after Vatican police hijacked the computers of a senior AIF official, leading to questions by Egmont about document security.

The international network feared its secret content would be leaked.

Yet, in about two months time, the Vatican has successfully convinced Egmont Group to give access them to this content once again.

Egmont's data contains information from 164 countries on suspicious transactions, allowing detection of criminal operations.

Javier Martinez-Brocal
Translation: Melissa Butz