JERSEY: PRIVY COUNCIL UPHOLDS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S POWERS TO OBTAIN DOCUMENTS BY COMPULSION IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE SERIOUS OR COMPLEX FRAUD IS SUSPECTED

A news release from Jersey on 17th June advised that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which has upheld the Attorney General’s powers to obtain documents by compulsion in circumstances where serious or complex fraud is suspected, and dismissed the appeal by Volaw Trust and Corporate Services Limited who had claimed that producing such documents violated its privilege against self-incrimination protected by Article 6 of the European Court on Human Rights.  It had refused to provide documents in relation to the group of companies and trusts administered by Volaw and connected with Mr Berge Gerdt Larsen (a Norwegian businessman involved in the oil and gas industry) which the Attorney General required be produced pursuant to a notice served in 2015.

https://www.gov.je/News/2019/Pages/PrivyCouncilruling.aspx

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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