Principalist representatives pen a letter of protest to Parl. speaker over FATF

TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) – Today morning, a number of principalist representatives submitted a letter of protest to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and members of the Expediency Council (EC) on the move taken by the Parliament Speaker in sending two bills pertinent to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to the Expediency Council.

Given the above issue, the representatives lashed out at the relevant two bills which run contrary to the internal bylaw of the Parliament.

The four-group bills of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) include as follows: ‘Iran’s accession to the Contention of Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT)’, ‘Iran’s accession to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime dubbed ‘Palermo’, ‘correction of Anti-Money Laundering Law’ and ‘amendments to the law on Combating the Financing of Terrorism’.

The aforementioned bills became controversial in the political spheres of the country especially in the Iranian Parliament. In this regard, the two bills of ‘Palermo’ and ‘amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Law’ were submitted to the Guardians’ Council after being approved in the Parliament.

After examining these bylaws thoroughly, the Guardians’ Council returned the bill with some amendments on it to the Iranian Parliament on Oct. 10.

One day after the return of these bylaws from the Guardians’ Council on Oct. 11, the Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a separate letters sent the aforementioned bylaws i.e. ‘Palermo’ and ‘Anti-Money Laundering Law’ to the Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi.

With due observance to the said issue, the said letter has turned into a hub of protest by some principalist’s representatives in the Parliament.

Now, some MPs say that Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has sent the two bills to the Expediency Council without investigation of the two bill in the Parliament’s plenary session as refunded from the Guardians’ Council, the issue of which has presently been criticized.

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