The former chief prosecutor of Palermo’s anti-mafia directorate, Roberto Scarpinato, criticizes that Germany has been inactive in the fight against money laundering for too long and calls for a maximum limit for cash payments.

“Being able to buy an apartment with cash means an Eldorado for money launderers,” Scarpinato told the news magazine FOCUS. “Those who don’t want to leave a trace have something to hide.”

The former chief public prosecutor of Palermo, who investigated the Sicilian mafia and has therefore been under personal protection for years, believes that a rethink in Germany is overdue in the fight against internationally active organized crime. “The lack of a cash limit means that you remain a magnet for money launderers,” Scarpinato told FOCUS. The 70-year-old now sits in the Italian Senate for the Five Star Movement. Scarpinato once said the famous sentence: “If I were a Mafiosi, I would invest in Germany.”

Scarpinato receives approval for his demand from a large majority of Germans. 69 percent of respondents are in favor of limiting cash payments to a maximum of 10,000 euros, as Interior Minister Nancy Faeser recently suggested. This emerges from a survey by the opinion research institute Kantar on behalf of the news magazine FOCUS.

25 percent reject such an upper limit. Six percent are undecided or gave no information. The approval rate is particularly high at 82 percent among supporters of the SPD. In the camp of the FDP, too, 62 percent of those questioned are in favor of a cash upper limit. Only among the AfD supporters there is no majority for the proposal.

Kantar interviewed 1,000 people between November 15 and 16. The question was: what do you think of the proposal to limit cash payments to a maximum of 10,000 euros in future in order to make money laundering more difficult?

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