A-G: Political fundraising activities could be used for laundering

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: FILE

FijiFirst party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claimed recent fundraising events by The People’s Alliance party and the National Federation Party overseas, among other things, could be used to “launder money”.

He said this in a letter sent to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem on Wednesday.

“We note that in such fundraising activities, there is the opportunity to manipulate the source of political donations, obtain money from business entities, and even launder money,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

“It is, therefore, critical that the Fijian Elections Office require records of all donors, in particular from such fundraising activities, and further require political parties who conduct such fundraising activities to provide the money trail.

“All laws in relation to political party donations must be adhered to.

“In order to achieve a free and fair election, and ultimately protect its integrity, it is imperative that all political parties are compliant with the laws and maintain transparency in respect of political donations.”

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