Interpol's National Central Bureau (NCB) in Male', on Tuesday, signed an agreement with Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA)'s independent agency Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), granting access to Interpol's 'secure information network'.
The agreement was signed during a special ceremony held at Maldives Police Service's 'Iskandhar Building', by Interpol's Head of NCB and Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed and FIU's Head of Financial Intelligence Ibrahim Ahmed Nasir.
Both parties noted that access to Interpol's database would improve FIU's efficiency and strengthen its position to tackle transnational crimes.
Nasir also conveyed appreciation to the Interpol NCB and Commissioner Hameed for facilitating access to the network.
FIU was established under the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Act and is tasked with analysing information concerning money laundering activities as well as suspicious activity from commercial banks. As FIU is an independent agency of MMA, the central bank's governor has no legal authority to influence its investigations.