Partner Amjid Jabbar comments in The Law Society Gazette in relation to the Home Affairs select committee’s report on confiscation orders and proceeds of crime.
Amjid’s comments were published in The Law Society Gazette, 15 July 2016. The full article can be read here.
“Non-payment of confiscation orders for proceeds of crime should be made a criminal offence, an influential group of MPs said today – and no convicted offender should be allowed to leave prison without satisfying their confiscation order…
… Amjid Jabbar, a partner at criminal defence litigation practice Stokoe Partnership Solicitors in London, said the confiscation process, particularly in complex cases, could take months, if not years. ‘The idea that people should be held in custody until they pay the order off does not take into account the fact that many orders are made after the defendant has been released,’ he added.
‘There needs to be a new realism, an attempt to make realistic orders, which defendants are encouraged to pay and then revisit using the extensive powers available.'”