Caribbean countries not going after ill-gotten gains
CARIBBEAN countries are hardly going after the ill-gotten gains of the filthy rich criminals.
British High Commissioner Victoria Dean said even though South America, Central America and the Caribbean had the Proceeds of Crime Act it has been rarely used to confiscate the property of convicted criminals.
“This has enabled the crime and violence to escalate. . . Trafficking in drugs continues to offer the criminal the highest profit margin,” she said.
Dean was addressing the Proceeds of Crime Symposium today at the Supreme Court. The United Kingdom-funded Caribbean Criminal Asset Recovery Programme (CCARP) judicial symposium brought together judges from the Caribbean in an effort to raise awareness of how confiscating assets can work in the region. Participants were drawn from Barbados, members of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Guyana and Belize.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite in his brief remarks acknowledged that Barbados was not moving as quickly as some would like on the legislation but pledged to have the requisite act in place. He said that training had started and it included policemen and prosecutors. (AC)