Seminar focuses on efforts against money laundering

Doha: The Ministry of Justice has organised a seminar on the responsibility of lawyers in the implementation of law of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), in collaboration with the National Committee for Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and the Qatari Lawyers Association.

The seminar is the first of its kind within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Justice to strengthen the national legislative system to combat terrorism and to emphasize the efforts of the State of Qatar in combating terrorism based on its established principles of renouncing violence and extremism and its adherence to human values and cooperation with various friendly and sisterly countries, as well as the international organisations to confront cross-border crimes, implement the international obligations of the UN Security Council related to the fight against terrorism and its financing and bilateral agreements in this regard.

Salem Fahad Al Marri, Acting Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Justice, stressed the importance of this seminar, which comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Justice to activate the legal system of the State in this regard and to review the executive mechanisms of Law No. (4) of 2010 before the concerned parties to implement it besides completing the joint legal efforts to confront this phenomenon with legal and independent professionals within the framework of the national vision supporting the efforts of the working group on cooperation with the Financial Action Group.

He said that the seminar serves the national efforts to combat the phenomenon of terrorism and money laundering, and discussed mechanisms to achieve this by sitting with the competent authorities, such as the National Committee in charge of this subject, the legal arm concerned with implementation mechanisms, and the National Lawyers Association in implementing this law, in accordance with the jurisdiction and areas of work of legal firms in the State, and the definition of the mechanisms to combat terrorism and money laundering.

The seminar included discussions between lawyers and speakers, in which cooperation in various fields related to combating terrorism and money laundering was emphasized so that Qatar remains at the forefront of countries known to fight such crimes.

Hessa Al Sai, head of the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Unit at the Ministry of Justice, stressed that the holding of this seminar is an affirmation of joint responsibility and strengthening professional partnership with lawyers to reach full awareness of the dimensions of these two global phenomena and the real dealings with all their forms and causes.

She added that the Working Group at the Ministry of Justice, which works under the supervision of the Assistant Under-secretary for Real Estate Registration and Documentation, is implementing Law No. 4 of 2010 to assure all of Qatar’s commitment to international requirements.