Suchedina v Regina; similar: CACD 27 Oct 2006

Four defendants appealed convictions in money laundering cases. The first defendant operated a money exchange through which substantial volumes of cash were moved, but claimed that he believed the money to have been honestly acquired.
Held: Saik now meant that the requirement was for actual suspicion, not mere reasonable cause for suspicion. However in this case the charge was conspiracy, and if the agreement alleged led to the offence then the conspiracy was made out: ‘Where therefore such an either/or conspiracy count is charged, the Defendant must be proved to have agreed, at some stage, to launder money which he intends shall be of one or other illicit origin, or of both. It is not enough that he has agreed to launder money which he only suspects may be of illicit origin: Saik. Nor is it enough that he is prepared to take the risk that it may be of illicit origin. He must intend to launder money which is of illicit origin of one kind or the other, or both. But if he does intend to launder it whichever its illicit origin, he is still intending to launder money intended to be illicit, and he is entering an agreement to a course of conduct which will, if carried out in accordance with his intention, necessarily amount to or involve the commission of one or other or both of the two substantive offences referred to. ‘ A re-trial was ordered.


Hughes LJ, Henriques LJ, Field J


[2006] EWCA Crim 2543




Criminal Law Act 1977 1(1)


England and Wales


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CitedRegina v Charles, Regina v Tucker CACD 20-Feb-2001
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Updated: 08 July 2022; Ref: scu.245678