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The Mozambican government approved on Tuesday a decree regulating the Central Bureau for Asset Recovery and its provincial delegations, bodies that fall under a set of laws called for by the Public Prosecutor and other anti-corruption entities.
According to a cabinet meeting communiqué, the office will be a “multi-sectorial organ subordinated to the Public Prosecutor, with investigation attributions in the area of investigation, tracking, seizure and recovery of assets.
These assets can be “instruments, products and advantages of any nature related to illicit or criminal activities at domestic and international level”.
The decree approved today is aimed at a result of the 2020 law regulating the extended forfeiture of assets, including assets that were already in the defendant’s sphere five years before the indictment.
The norm also requires justice to pursue assets in the possession of third parties, which have been disposed of free of charge or for a consideration by the accused up to five years before the indictment.
On the other hand, assets that are not compatible with the licit income of the person convicted of committing a criminal activity will be presumed illicit and object of appropriation by the State.
The document obliges members of the governing bodies of credit institutions, financial companies and tax administration officials to break professional secrecy on matters of interest for the discovery of the material truth of facts relating to criminal activity.
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