EU COURT OF JUSTICE RULES THAT CONFISCATION LAWS ARE LAWFUL

On 29 March, the Irish Independent reported that the ECJ has held that proceeds of crime legislation, used to confiscate illegally obtained assets, is lawful.  In Ireland, the measure was brought in after the brutal murder of Sunday Independent investigative journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.  The matter was referred to the Court by Bulgaria, which asked if EU law precluded Member States from providing for civil proceedings for confiscation, which were unrelated to a finding of a criminal offence, and arose from a case in which a Bulgarian banker is the subject of criminal proceedings for allegedly having incited others, between December 2011 and June 2014, to misappropriate funds belonging to the bank.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/crime-assets-confiscation-is-lawful-eu-court-rules-39084611.html

 

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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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