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Remove power of Civil Recovery by SOCA and others

Comment 22nd July 2010

It is unreasonable in a free society that the Government, or any of its agencies, should have the power to confiscate, seize or tax assets or income from people who have not been convicted of a relevant crime.

All the powers, initially granted to the Assets Recovery Agency, must be removed and no such powers allowed until conviction has been obtained except as a temporary measure to ensure the non-disappearance of assets before a prosection can be initiated.

Why does this matter?

There are no gounds for Government or other agencies to have the power to confiscate and keep the assets of unconvicted citizens.  A temporary power to freeze assets while a prosecution can be started and concluded could be allowed with a specific court warrant.

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