ROSEAU, Dominica -- A recent decision by the government of Dominica to enact an all inclusive Civil Asset Recovery Law, has been applauded by new British High Commissioner to Dominica, Victoria Dean.
The law gives the state the authority to confiscate property of persons arrested, if it is derived from the profits of criminal offence or was used to facilitate the commission of a crime.
British High Commissioner Victoria Dean
The new high commissioner made mention of this when she presented her official letters of credentials to Dominica’s head of state earlier this week.
Dean noted that Dominica’s decision to pass asset forfeiture legislation makes the country a leader among its regional counterparts.
She is pleased that this move has been emulated by other Caribbean governments.
“I was delighted to see that Dominica was the first country in the Eastern Caribbean to pass asset forfeiture legislation and has started to have some success in using that. I understand that Dominica has been a model and that a number of other countries in the Eastern Caribbean have copied your system. You will hear me in other countries saying I would like you to adopt the same model as Dominica,” Dean said.
Legislation supporting the use of electronic evidence in Dominican courts is another recent development that the British high commissioner is encouraged by.
“I understand in the area of witness protection, you have also led the way. This will continue to be a priority for the UK in this region. I understand that you have had a number of successes in allowing witnesses to give evidence by video and for that evidence to be recorded. So once again this is a sterling example of you leading the way,” she said.
The new British high commissioner re-affirmed her government’s commitment to continue to assist Dominica in its security and crime fighting efforts.
“We all know about the scourge drugs on families, businesses and communities because of the role of traffickers. The British government has provided assistance to Dominica in the past on this and we stand ready to continue that work together,” she said.
In 2011, the British government assisted the government of Dominica with two specially trained K-9 units and detection equipment to help fight the drug trade.
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