An article in Der Spiegel on 14 July said that a Prosecutor’s Office has been searching the premises of the Customs-run FIU in Cologne on suspicion of criminal misconduct in office. It is said that it is alleged that the FIU failed to properly forward 8 suspected money laundering reports about transfers to African states to law enforcement authorities. The article lays out various criticisms made of the FIU, which had been transferred to Customs from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in 2017. It has been claimed that FIU reports, which went to the police and prosecutors, were often incomplete, flawed and generally useless.
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