Saturday, March 11, 2006

Syrische Bank geschlossen

Ein Schlag gegen den Terror ist dem U.S. Department of the Treasury gelungen. Die syrische Bank CBS d├╝rfte es in den Vereinigten nun mit einigen Schwierigkeiten zu tun bekommen.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today finalized its proposed rule against the Commercial Bank of Syria (CBS), along with its subsidiary, the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, requiring U.S. financial institutions to terminate all correspondent accounts involving CBS.

The Commercial Bank of Syria is owned and controlled by the Syrian government, a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism since 1979. The Bank has been used by terrorists to move funds and has acted as a conduit for the laundering of proceeds generated from the illicit sale of Iraqi oil.

"The Commercial Bank of Syria has been used by terrorists to move their money and it continues to afford direct opportunities for the Syrian government to facilitate international terrorist activity and money laundering," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). "Today's action is aimed at protecting our financial system against abuse by this arm of a state-sponsor of terrorism."

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