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Government moves on tainted property

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Martha Chizuma

The government has set up a special account for easy recovery and management of funds forfeited from tainted property.

Director of Public Prosecutions Steven Kayuni said this last week in Mangochi when he graced a training workshop on the asset forfeiture regime in Malawi organised by the Attorney General Alliance- Africa in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice.

Kayuni said the country has made headway in forfeiting tainted property—a process through which governments get back proceeds of crimes or properties acquired from proceeds of crime.

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“This workshop will help us harness the knowledge on how best we can move forward with the new law of civil forfeiture and we believe that, after banging heads, we will make huge progress,” he said.

AGA-Africa Board Member Marcus Green said forfeiting property from proceeds of crime would deter people from committing offences.

Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma said the organisation would work hand in hand with other authorities to recover property from criminal proceeds.

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“If we remove the proceeds of crime and then remove their liberty, it brings a sense of justice to the people but also makes the crime unattractive; so, we believe this is the strategy which will reduce the crime rate in the country,” she said.

The workshop was conducted by AGA-Africa in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions.

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