UK money laundering investigations have doubled since 2012

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The UK now launches more than double the amount of money laundering investigations than the same period in 2012, recent enquiry figures have shown. The number of mutual legal assistance (MLA) requests received by the UK has increased by 14% to 163 in 2016, up from 145 during the same period in 2015, figures obtained through a freedom of information exposed. For reference, in 2012, only 73 MLA applications were filed followed by merely 70 in 2013.