Terrorist financing means the provision or collection of funds, directly or indirectly, to commit a terrorist offence. Financing or attempting to finance a terrorist group is punishable.
The Financial Intelligence Unit of the National Bureau of Investigation is tasked with combating terrorist financing. Terrorist financing is investigated and analysed by the Unit’s Terrorist Financing and Freezing of Funds Team. The Team’s work is based on information received from obliged entities and other authorities as well as on the findings of its own analysis work.
In recent years, new forms of money remittance have become more common. People who send money to conflict zones are constantly looking for new efficient and anonymous forms and services of money remittance.
Examples of the new forms of money remittance include virtual currencies and alternative payment transfer services such as mobile transfers. Alternative payment transfer services are used independently or alongside traditional services. The new forms of money remittance make it significantly more difficult to monitor the funds intended for the purpose of terrorist financing.
Terrorist assets may be frozen
Finland has in place a system of administrative freezing of funds. The purpose of the freezing of funds is to prevent a person, group or entity, i.e. the object of a decision to freeze funds, from using their assets for terrorist acts or for an attempted offence or preparation of an offence.
The National Bureau of Investigation makes the decision to freeze funds. Decisions are published in the Official Gazette. The National Bureau of Investigation maintains a public list of decisions to freeze funds. The list can be ordered from the registry of a police department or the National Bureau of Investigation.
Provisions on administrative freezing are laid down by law.
Act on the Freezing of Funds with a View to Combating Terrorism 325/2013 (Finlex)