2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Botswana
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||5 August 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Botswana, 5 August 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4c63b6542.html [accessed 27 August 2014]|
Botswana has a National Counterterrorism Committee to address issues pertaining to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Botswana established its first intelligence agency in 2008, with responsibility for both domestic and foreign intelligence gathering. In April, Botswana's Parliament passed legislation to create a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), which will harmonize Botswana's anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing regime. While the legislation for this has been enacted, the FIU was not yet established at year's end. Until the FIU is functioning, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes has a dedicated unit that will continue investigating suspicious transactions. One goal of this legislation is to decrease the likelihood that terrorist financing could move through Botswana's financial institutions. Terrorist financing is not criminalized as a specific offense in Botswana. However, acts of terrorism and related offenses, such as aiding and abetting, can be prosecuted under the Penal Code and under the Arms and Ammunitions Act.