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Friday, December 21, 2007

Suspicion Enough To Seize Property?

I'm all for fighting crime-but not this way.

From the Dominion Post

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the courts can seize assets amassed through criminal activity. These are then sold and the money goes to the Crown.

In the past 12 years, $14.3 million has been paid to the Crown. In comparison, New South Wales has seized more than $100 million in the past 14 years.

The law has been criticised as too weak, requiring proof that assets were acquired by crime profits.

The Government is introducing new powers to up the stakes, lowering the threshold for proving the assets were obtained through criminal activity.

The Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Bill, now before a select committee, will allow courts to seize property even if a suspect is not convicted. The onus will be on the criminal to prove it was legally obtained.

Hat Tip NZ Conservative


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical bloody Labour, fancy treating people as crims even before they've been convicted.

Does that mean if somebody does sponsor your blog, the government could seize the money on the grounds of your publishing supressed information even without taking contempt proceedings?


10:20 AM  
Blogger MikeE said...

Similar law in the USA which allows for confiscation of property in drug busts.

They can even confiscate teh land that drugs were found on, even if its say the parents of the suspect etc.

Crazy stuff.

10:52 AM  

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