Comments due on FinCEN proposal to declare Al-Huda Bank institution of primary money laundering concern
On January 29, 2024, FinCEN announced it had issued a finding and notice of proposed rulemaking that identifies Al-Huda Bank, an Iraqi bank that serves as a conduit for terrorist financing, as a foreign financial institution of primary money laundering concern. Along with its finding, FinCEN proposed imposing a special measure that would sever the bank from the U.S. financial system by prohibiting domestic financial institutions and agencies from opening or maintaining a correspondent account for or on behalf of Al-Huda Bank.
Comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking will be accepted for 30 days (through March 1, 2024) following its January 31, 2024 publication in the Federal Register.
In a coordinated action, OFAC designated Hamad al-Moussawi, owner and chairman of Al-Huda Bank, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF. His identifying information can be found in this BankersOnline OFAC Update.