The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

ABN Amro to face money laundering and terrorism financing investigation

Dutch prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into possible money laundering at ABN Amro, the bank said in a brief statement on Thursday.

The investigation is to be conducted under the Dutch money laundering and terrorist financing laws known as Wwft. According to the Bloomberg, the investigation follows a report published by the Dutch central bank DNB: ABN Amro is suspected of not reporting suspicious transactions.

Earlier this year ING was fined 775 million euros for failing to comply properly with the law. ABN Amro stated, in August, when its mid-year figures were presented, that it had received orders from the central bank to verify all its retail customers.

The institute said it was informed of the case on Wednesday and that it will fully cooperate. ABN Amro is also majority-owned by the Dutch State who holds 56% of its shares.

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