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MPs approve amendments to Proceeds of Crime Act

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2013 | 9:55 AM

The House of Representatives yesterday approved amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) that will see forfeiture proceedings being brought against individuals who facilitate the commission of offences in violation of relevant laws.

National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, outlined the amendments which will bring a range of offences under various anti-crime measures under the jurisdiction of POCA.

According to the national security minister, offences under the larceny, trafficking in persons, anti-lottery scam, corruption prevention and the cyber crime acts will come under the reach of POCA.

He said currently POCA  does not capture certain modern offences which if included, would substantially take the profits out of criminal activities.

Bunting says a strengthened POCA would ensure that those who are committed to a criminal lifestyle and demonstrate this before the courts would not benefit from their illicit gains.

Meanwhile, the amendments were supported by Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Delroy Chuck, who emphasised that enforcement must be given priority.

Chuck said it is important that cases are brought to the courts so big players can be imprisoned.


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