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Round table: Draft Law on the Forfeiture to the State of Any Property Acquired by Criminal Activity
 








On September 10, 2002, Coalition 2000 and the Center for the Study of Democracy held a round table discussion on the Draft Law on the Forfeiture to the State of Any Property Acquired by Criminal Activity. The draft law was presented by Professor Georgi Petkanov, Minister of Interior. Ms. Karen Kramer, Resident Legal Advisor at the Embassy of the USA to Bulgaria , informed of the American laws on the forfeiture to the state of any property acquired by criminal activity and expressed support to the draft law, elaborated by the Ministry of Interior. Government officials, MPs, magistrates, diplomats and journalists took part in the discussion.

In their statements Mr. Bozhidar Bozhinov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Vassil Kirov, Director of Financial Intelligence Bureau Agency, Mr. Rumen Georgiev, Deputy Director of the Specialized Investigation Agency, Mr. Konstantin Palikarski, expert at the Council of Ministers and Mr. Gati Al Dzheburi, Deputy Minister of Finance leveled criticism and recommendations at the draft law.

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Conventions and Documents for Fight and Prevention of Organized Crime
Fight against Organized Crime, the European Commission
Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime, Council of Europe
European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, Council of Europe
Agreement on Illicit Traffic by Sea, Implementing Article 17 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ETS no. 156)
Recommendation Rec(2001)11 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States Concerning Guiding Principles on the Fight against Organised Crime
The International Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Conventions against Terrorism, United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Follow-The-Money Methods In Crime Control Policy by R.T. Naylor, Professor of Economics, McGill University, A study prepared for the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption, York University, Toronto, December, 1999


Available in Bulgarian
Draft Law on the Forfeiture to the State of Any Property Acquired by Criminal Activity (PDF 196 kb)

Presentations and speeches
Mr. Bozhidar Bozhinov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dr. Vassil Kirov,Director of Financial Intelligence Bureau Agency
Mr. Rumen Georgiev, Deputy Director of the Specialized Investigation Agency
Mr. Konstantin Palikarski, Expert at the Council of Ministers
Mr. Gati Al Dzheburi, Deputy Minister of Finance
 
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