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The vicar’s husband and the case of the money launderers

More than a trillion dollars are looted each year from poor countries, then stashed in rich ones—and Britain is at the heart of it. So how did an ancient office of the Archbishop of Canterbury end up on the frontline in the battle against money laundering?

Neil Turpin, the former church warden on the frontline in the battle against money laundering

If you take Westminster Abbey’s Victoria Street exit and walk past the gift shop, you’ll find a golden-yellow, Gothic Revival block, with a steeply pitched roof rising from a row of battlements. This architectural confection is No 1 the Sanctuary, and a plaque by the door announces its tenant: The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which is the kind of curious appendix to the British constitution that might have amused Charles Dickens.

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