The world's local bank cleaning Syrian and Iranian money

Published December 12th, 2012 - 07:37 GMT
HSBC has been fined over laundering Iranian and Syrian money in the US
HSBC has been fined over laundering Iranian and Syrian money in the US

HSBC has agreed to pay US authorities a record $1.9 billion (£1.2 billion) settlement over accusations that it allowed rogue states and drug cartels to launder billions of pounds through its US arm.

The US Senate findings against HSBC, which accused the bank of ignoring warnings and breaching safeguards that should have stopped the laundering of money from Mexico, Iran and Syria, led to the resignation of head of compliance David Bagley.

The lender reached agreement with several US authorities including the US Department of Justice and expects to soon finalise a deal with the Financial Services Authority.

HSBC group chief executive Stuart Gulliver said: "We accept responsibility for our past mistakes. We have said we are profoundly sorry for them, and we do so again."


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