Money Laundering Act amended

money launderingThe government and opposition on Thursday gave unanimous support to the “Money Laundering (Prevention) Amendment Act no 2 of 2013″ which was debated in the Dominica Parliament.

Piloting the bill through the house was Minister for Legal Affairs and Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas, who labeled it as “a very timely piece of legislation.”

Edison James, Opposition MP for Marigot, gave his full support to the bill. “The opposition fully supports the amendment to the bill but wants it to be not just a bill ‘passed’ but also must be “’fully implemented,’” he said.

According to James, the fines stated are “huge” and as a result those who are out there listening need to be aware of the “seriousness” of the crime of money  laundering. “The fines for persons found guilty are huge … those who are out there hearing please see the seriousness and that parliament is not just making law in a vacuum,” James stated.

He said further that the laws passed by parliament must be applied to all. “We need to do this thing in unity…we cannot only pass laws, we need to apply them irrespective of white, red, blue. The law must be applied in an equitable manner and we all must be prepared to assist in the scourge of money laundering,” James remarked.

Also adding voices of support to the bill were Kelver Darroux a junior government minister, National Security Minister Charles Savarin and Attorney General Levi Peter, among others.

Peters referred to the bill as “a significant piece of legislation.”

However, he said that despite what some may say and think, the office of the AG and the government do not interfere in the criminal justice system and do not “dictate what happens in the court.”

He pointed out that persons on the radio and “talk shows” need to exercise some more “self control” in their utterances. “We are a society of peace and tranquility … we can agree to disagree and so there is no need for irresponsible language used and the stirring up of feelings,” he said.

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17 Comments

  1. Islam
    May 18, 2013

    so wa happen government and police alone to lunder money in dominica then. check the big men first.

  2. John Paul
    May 17, 2013

    He pointed out that persons on the radio and “talk shows” need to exercise some more “self control” in their utterances. “We are a society of peace and tranquility … we can agree to disagree and so there is no need for irresponsible language used and the stirring up of feelings,” he said.

    Which Lennox is the AG talking about?
    The one that saved the Government mucho dinero by breaking the Garbage bin Borbol story and several other stories ? Or is He talking about the Lennox that wants to shut down the opposition station Q95 and go after the opposition members the way Obama goes after alqueda wherever they are hiding in Marigot ,Salisbury etc? Iwonder !Maybe He is talking about Tony and His Kakador and cockroach comments

    • John Paul
      May 20, 2013

      Maybe just maybe this amendment will allow the Dogs Tony Described to really bite the tyres of the cars they are chasing when they catch up with them

  3. abc
    May 17, 2013

    No mention of what the amended act states. DNO please include what the act states!

    • Peacock
      May 17, 2013

      Quite agreed with your comment.

      DNO please give us a general summary including the relevant sections of the Act that was amended. Or you may find towards the end of the Act, a section marked, Objects and Reasons…., please obtain this and publish .. we will be able to get a general overview of the reasons as well as the salient areas in the Act that were amended.

      Thanks.

      • Paix bouche always
        May 17, 2013

        I was about to say the same thing, I am sure the amendment and the fines are public knowledge, that is just lazy reporting.

    • Sue
      May 17, 2013

      Maybe, “you are only allowed one questionable act of money laundering and you can’t be under 30”. What could possibly be amended?

  4. Morihei Ueshiba
    May 17, 2013

    Legislation will never solve Dominica problems, we need dem fellas to resign and bring in some honest patriots.

    • anonymous2
      May 17, 2013

      But you know that they will never willingly resign.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 18, 2013

      What if those honest patriots turn out to be dishonest? You know, people cannot be pleased. They oust people, bring in or elect others and they are no better. Ever thought of this? The saying, “You know what you have but you do not know what you will get.” Let us not dengrate others and also for what we cannot prove. Let us hope others will be honest.

  5. Times Sq
    May 17, 2013

    This Bill could end up haunting the Ruling Regime.

    Sources have indicated that Dominica almost came Back onto the Blacklist.

    That’s why they rushed to past this Act Quickly.

    Hugh amounts of monies have being going in and out Of Dominica, the island has being watched by the Monetary Authorities for a extensive period.

  6. Pro
    May 17, 2013

    I am sure the amendments will not be fully implemented neither will it be applied equitably. I am sure too that they have already figured out their loopholes to go around the amendments.

  7. Hype
    May 17, 2013

    Sir, while you at it on crime PUT SOME TEETH into the NOISE ABATEMENT ACT please. Many, many neighbors have been complaining to you and authorities how their neighbors torture them with excessive LOUD MUSIC. and you and the police know who they are.

    That’s before you create a new wave of related crime on this little island that can be avoided by simply being pro-active, a simple ticket, and 3 times a charge can simplify the whole thing. Take it from a law enforcement pro.

  8. Morne Trois Pitons
    May 17, 2013

    A,A, I see all those “big mouth” Dominicans doh have nothing to say on such an important piece of legislation for your island!

    If it was “toxic, nasty beff”, scandalising other people’s reputation and false innuendos allu would be jumping up and down and making your fingers talk with NO FACTS!!!!!

    What have you guys got to say about a much needed piece of legislation that went through your parlarment yesterday?

    Surely those are things that you guys should voicing your opinions on as those are meaures to stem the practice of money laudering which every modern day country/island is attempting to eradicate.

    I for one think it is a good idea which should have been implemented decades ago to be honest, but better late then never.

    One thing I would say is that in addition to those very huge/stern fines, penalties, prison sentences set aside for perpetrators which are great.

    All ill-gotten assets & possessions should be confiscated and ordered to repay every cent of any state funding or facilities they made use of, during their criminal activities.

    Also it may be a good idea to include the introduction of an “asset sharing” agreement which can be enforced, in order to repatriate assets currently abroad both regionally and internationally.

    Well done and gets go get the criminal networks!

    • Sue
      May 17, 2013

      Dominicans already know this is no news and even if it amended, it will only be applicable to some. SO why bother?

    • Justice and Truth
      May 19, 2013

      Yes! We want to know about those who were recently arrested and are out on bail for money laundering. When will their cases be called and their fate at the conclusion of their cases? I realize the latter will not be known until after the verdict is brought down.

    • g sylvain
      May 31, 2013

      You alwasys bad-mouth the people from Dominica; all of them are not making laws, only a small percent of them who can do so, stop it. Be kind to your fellow human beings.

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