Anti-Money Laundering Office (Thailand)

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Kingdom of Thailand
Anti-Money Laundering Office
สำนักงานป้องกันและปราบปรามการฟอกเงิน
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AMLO Headquarters
Agency overview
Formed19 August 1999
JurisdictionKingdom of Thailand
HeadquartersPathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
Employees399
Annual budget374.1 million baht (FY2017)
Agency executive
  • Maj Gen Preecha Chareonsahayanon, Acting Secretary-General
WebsiteAMLO

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), is Thailand's "...key agency responsible for enforcement of the anti-money laundering and the counter-terrorism financing law."[1]:7 It was founded in 1999 upon the adoption of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, B.E. 2542 (1999) (AMLA).[2] AMLO is an independent governmental agency. It has the status of a department functioning independently and neutrally under the supervision of the minister of justice, but is not part of the justice ministry.[1]:10[3]:10,14

The AMLO 2016 Annual Report reported 369 AMLO positions allocated, with 49 positions vacant, plus 30 government employee positions, with two vacancies.[3]:26 Its budget for FY2017 (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017) is 374.1 million baht.[4]:89

As of 30 September 2016, the AMLO had custody of seized and/or frozen assets valued at 6,176,029,774.12 baht.[3]:50 It conducted 12 asset auctions during FY2016, selling 910 items of assets for 57,893,949 baht.[3]:51

From 29 June to 14 August 2018 AMLO was headed by Secretary-General Police Major General Romsit Viriyasan. He was moved to an "inactive post" in the prime minister's office for failing to expedite politically sensitive cases.[5] Pol Maj Gen Preecha Chareonsahayanon was named acting secretary-general.[6]

Panama Papers[edit]

In April 2016, AMLO began investigating Thai nationals whose names surfaced in the Panama Papers.[7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Annual Report 2014 (PDF). Bangkok: Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). 2015. ISBN 978-616-91467-7-3. Retrieved 13 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Anti-Money Laundering Act, B.E. 2542 (1999)" (PDF). Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Annual Report 2016 (PDF). Bangkok: Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). 2017. ISBN 978-616-8111-01-7. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ Thailand's Budget in Brief, Fiscal Year 2017 (PDF). Bureau of the Budget (Thailand). 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  5. ^ Bootsripoom, Attayuth (16 August 2018). "Romsit loses AMLO post for failure to expedite politically sensitive cases". The Nation. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ Laohong, King-Oua (18 August 2018). "Amlo steps up efforts as it turns 20". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  7. ^ "'Many' Thais implicated in global scandal". Bangkok Post. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  8. ^ Taptim, Tulsathit (13 April 2016). "Panama Papers and weary regulators in Thailand" (Editorial). The Nation. Retrieved 13 April 2016.