Persons who commit crime in Dominica can now have their property confiscated by the state if it is derived from the profits of criminal offense or was used to facilitate the commission of a crime.
Parliament on Thursday approved the Proceeds of Crime (amendment) Act 2013, Chapter 12:29 which went through all its readings in the House.
That bill received full support from all members of the House.
In presenting the bill before parliament, Tourism Minister and Minister for Legal Affairs Ian Douglas explained that the amendment to that piece of legislation was “necessary to conform with the changing times and what has been happening.”
Section 4 of the Act was “amended” and replaced by deleting Subsection One and substituting a new section which states, “where a person is convicted of a scheduled offence committed after the coming into force of this Act, on application of the Director of Public Prosecutions or if the Court considers it appropriate to do so, the Court may make one or both of the following orders:
“a forfeiture order against property that is tainted property and (b) a confiscation order against the person in respect of benefits derived by the person from the commission of scheduled offence or other criminal conduct.”
Parliament is now debating the amendment to the Money Laundering prevention Act no 18 of 2011 which has already been fully supported by former prime minister and leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Edison James.