Champagnie takes issue with FID's handling of some forfeiture cases
Top criminal defence attorney Peter Champagnie has taken issue with the Financial Investigations Division’s (FID) handling of some forfeiture cases.
The FID is the agency mandated to go after properties acquired through criminal activities using the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
While conceding that the actions of the agency are within the law, Champagnie argues that in some cases they are oppressive.
He questions whether persons convicted of drug-related offences are not being penalised twice when the FID seeks to have their properties forfeited to the State.