Singapore Says International Requests to Help Solve Crime Rising

Singapore sees “a steady increase” of mutual legal assistance requests in criminal matters from other jurisdictions over the year for areas including tax evasion, according to Attorney-General’s Chambers. * NOTE: Mutual legal assistance and extradition matters totaled 1,263 in 2014; 2015 data aren’t yet available: AGC * Singapore permits provision of account information of tax evasion offenses, even if the types of taxes concerned are not imposed in Singapore: AGC * Nation’s banking secrecy law “is not a barrier” for mutual legal assistance: AGC * NOTE: Mutual legal assistance requests totaled 605 in 2013, compared with 400 in 2012 and 219 in 2011: AGC 2013/14 annual report * NOTE: Attorney-General office comments in e-mailed response to queries from Bloomberg * READ: Is Singapore the Next Switzerland for U.S. Tax Crackdown?

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