Federal Justice Will Have Courts For Crimes of Money Laundering

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Jorge Nemr
The work developed by the Mixed Commission of Fight against Crimes of Money Laundering, of the Federal Justice Council (CJF) has already begun to produce results. According to the announcement made in early April by Justice Nilson Naves, the president of the High Courts Justice and of the CJF, the first Courts specialized in the judgement of crimes of money laundering and associated crimes, such as tax evasions and crimes against the national financial system, will be functioning in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba within approximately 60 days. The presidents of the Federal Regional Courts will have autonomy to chose in which cities the others shall be installed, however, it was recommended that all state capitals have at least one specialized court by the end of 2003. Notwithstanding the cutback of the Judiciary Power’s budget for 2003, it is estimated that there will be no difficulties for the establishment of such courts, which shall rely on the support of agents of the Federal Police, members of the Federal Public Prosecution specially qualified, in addition to inspectors of the Federal Revenue and technicians of the Central Bank.