St. Kitts And Nevis Passes Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019

St. Kitts And Nevis Passes Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019

St. Kitts And Nevis Passes Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019

Regional Security System | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Attorney General of St. Kitts & Nevis, Senator the Honourable Vincent Byron. (Photo courtesy SKN Vibes)

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has strengthened its legislative framework that targets the financing of illicit activities through the passage of the Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019 in the National Assembly on Thursday, January 23.

Mover of the bill, Attorney General, Senator the Honourable Vincent Byron, noted that the main aim behind Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019 is “to provide a robust and comprehensive system that would not just focus exclusively in taking criminals off the street but would critically provide a legal basis for identifying and removing the assets or proceeds of crime from the hands of the perpetrators of unlawful acts.”

The Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019 bolsters the 20-year old Proceeds of Crime Act Cap. 4.28 which provides for the freezing, forfeiture, and confiscation of the proceeds of crime; to create new offences and procedures for the purpose of forestalling and preventing money laundering, and to enable the enforcement of overseas freezing, forfeiture, and confiscation orders; and to provide for related or incidental matters.

The Attorney General said, “It strengthens the Act that existed for the last 20 years that is being used by the prosecutors of criminals by going to the High Court to get orders to seize the proceeds of those who have been convicted for criminal activity. What [the Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill, 2019] will do is introduce a new section that deals with the seizure or confiscation of assets through a civil process.”

The minister added that this new piece of legislation gives authorities an additional tool to investigate what he termed as “unexplained wealth,” noting that it “reinforces our fight against money laundering, it strengthens our fight against terrorist financing and other types of nefarious activities.”

AG Byron further stated that the Proceeds of Crime and Asset Recovery Bill is reflective of the work of the Asset Recovery Unit of the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS).

According to the official RSS website, the criminal assets recovery programme is an innovative approach to tackling serious organised crime in the Caribbean common law jurisdictions, through partnership and the robust application of proceeds of crime and money laundering legislation.

(Reposted from SKN Vibes)





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Nineteen police officers from across the region received a holiday treat when officials of the Regional Security System recently visited them at the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force Headquarters where they are currently based.

The troops, originating from Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, were deployed to St. Kitts and Nevis to assist with the recent spike in crime and violence there.

Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, commended the officers on their efforts and assured them that their contribution had been recognized and was indeed valuable to the exercise.

“Your sacrifice has contributed to the peace and stability of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis and it is a sacrifice that each and every one does not put up their hand and volunteer to do, but recognize that that sacrifice is a contribution to our strength. There is strength through unity, and that is the motto of the Regional Security System,” he asserted.

Commissioner of Police, Royal Police Force, Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Atlee Rodney assisting with lunch.

The operation which commenced on October 10 this year, has seen a reduction in the incidences of crime on the island, and officers are scheduled to conclude their duties on January 7, 2019.

“You have contributed in no small way to that peace and security. I want to reassure you that your contribution is what the region requires. It is this type of effort and contribution that allows us as a region to be as peaceful and as secure as we are,” the RSS head maintained.

During the brief ceremony, other top officials from the islands represented, echoed the sentiments of Commander Shurland. They were Commissioner of Police, Royal Police Force, Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Atlee Rodney; Commissioner of Police, Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, Mr. Colin John; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Royal Barbados Police Force, Mr. Sylvester Louis; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Royal Grenada Police Force, Mr. John Charles; and Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations, St. Christopher and Nevis, Mr. Adolph Adams.

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