BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Scotland  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
Net closes on crime profits
Money
Criminal assets can be seized under the new legislation
New powers to seize the profits of criminals have been welcomed by Scottish Justice Minister Jim Wallace.

The Proceeds of Crime Act allows police forces and the courts to confiscate illegal profits made by criminals and drug dealers.

Officers will be bolstered by greater rights to seize suspected cash and other assets.

Mr Wallace described the move as "a major step forward" in the fight to frustrate and undermine criminal elements operating north of the border.

He said the act strengthens the powers of confiscation following conviction and removes the distinction between different crimes.

Jim Wallace
Jim Wallace: "A major step forward"

He said: "This is a major step forward in the battle against drug dealers and other crime barons.

"Too often in the past they have been able to hold on to, and enjoy, the money they have made through crime."

The new legislation targets money laundering activities and imposes tougher disclosure requirements on third parties, such as financial institutions.

It also permits courts to seize illegal gains, even where a conviction is not possible.

"Civil recovery is a major new weapon in our armoury," Mr Wallace said.

'Major target'

"At present too many criminals have been able to organise the criminal activity of others and profit from the results, but remain remote enough from the crime committed to make prosecution difficult or impossible.

"We will now be able to go after the assets of such people who too often enjoy a lavish lifestyle on the back of the misery of others."

The Scottish Executive said its plans to help the drive to seize criminal profits were already under way.

Mr Wallace said: "A major target will be drug dealers and other criminals in our local communities who bring such misery to many in these communities.

See also:

18 Oct 01 | Scotland
05 Mar 01 | Politics
05 Feb 01 | Scotland
10 Oct 00 | Scotland
09 Oct 00 | Scotland
14 Jun 00 | Scotland
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Scotland stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Scotland stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes