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01 March, 2024
 
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FBI takes center stage in ''Cyprus Confidential'' investigation

Investigating sanctions evasion raises global eyebrows

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In a significant development, a specialized FBI team is set to land in Cyprus shortly, marking a collaboration with local authorities in investigating Cyprus Confidential.

As reported by Sigmalive, the focus of this joint effort is on both legal entities and individuals suspected of evading sanctions and hiding the wealth of Russian oligarchs.

Deputy Government Spokesman, confirming this move, stated that foreign experts, namely FBI agents, will play a pivotal role in the ongoing Cyprus Confidential police investigation. These agents, equipped with expertise in probing financial crimes and money laundering, are slated to arrive in the coming days. Their proficiency lies in unraveling intricate financial trails associated with such complex cases.

The government has formally reached out to Washington through the US Embassy in Nicosia, initiating the collaboration. Notably, part of the associated costs will be covered by the Republic, underscoring the commitment to pursuing justice in this matter.

The anticipated role of the FBI agents is advisory, offering crucial insights into financial crime investigations. While the Cyprus Police will lead the investigations, the Attorney General will hold the final decision-making authority, adhering to established criminal proceedings.

An essential aspect yet to be clarified is the extent of access granted to FBI agents concerning police data, as well as other personal and financial information. This raises questions about the collaborative dynamics between local authorities and the incoming foreign experts.

Beyond the involvement of the FBI, British experts are also expected in Cyprus. Their purpose is to contribute to the establishment of the Single Supervisory Authority, indicating a broader international collaboration in addressing financial and regulatory matters.

This joint effort underscores the gravity of the allegations and the commitment to a thorough, collaborative investigation with global expertise.

[With information sourced from Sigmalive]

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