Iran Guardian Council rejects terror financing bill

5 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

TEHRAN: Iran’s powerful Guardian Council on Sunday rejected a bill on joining the UN convention against terrorist financing seen as crucial to maintaining trade and banking ties with the world, reports AFP.

The conservative-dominated council, which oversees legislation passed by the parliament, said aspects of the bill were against Islamic law and the constitution and sent it back to lawmakers for revision.

“The Guardian Council has in several sessions reviewed the bill... and it has considered it to have flaws and ambiguities,” wrote spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodaie on Twitter.

The bill, narrowly passed by parliament on October 7, is one of four put forward by the government of President Hassan Rouhani in order to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which monitors countries’ efforts to tackle money-laundering and terrorist financing.

Many hawks in Iran say the laws would limit the country’s ability to support “resistance groups” such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas by bringing greater transparency to its accounts.

But Rouhani’s government argues it is particularly vital after the United States walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions.