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The arrest of Assem Ghafour, convicted of tax evasion and money laundering

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The Abu Dhabi Money Laundering Court convicted the accused, Asim Abdul Rahman Ghafoor, an “American citizen” of committing two crimes of tax evasion and money laundering related to a tax evasion operation in his country, and sentenced him to three years in prison and a fine of three million dirhams, with deportation from the state.

The details of the case are due to the receipt of a request for judicial assistance from the American authorities regarding the investigations they are conducting about the accused accused of tax evasion, and his making suspicious money transfers to the state, and asked to inquire about his bank accounts receiving those transfers and related transactions.

And the Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi has started its procedures towards implementing and studying the request for judicial assistance and verifying the nature of the financial transactions related to those accounts and bank transfers, in coordination with the concerned authorities, as it was found that there is a suspicion of a money laundering crime that occurred in the country, through the accused carrying out international transfers without Proof of its origin.

Based on the findings of the investigations of the Public Prosecution, the accused was referred in absentia to the Money Laundering Court on charges of tax evasion and money laundering, which issued a ruling in absentia punishing him with imprisonment for a period of three years and a fine of three million dirhams and deportation.

The Public Prosecution in Abu Dhabi praised the mutual coordination to combat transnational crimes with the United States of America, which led to the arrest of the accused, and his presentation to the Money Laundering Court in accordance with the legal procedures established in this regard.

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