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April 20, 2021

Extensive asset seizure law goes through Senate

Senators passed 80-3, and 11 abstentions, the law on the extensive seizure of assets belonging to persons found guilty of deeds of corruption, pimping or money laundering, if the value of the assets acquired over the past five years “obviously” exceeds the legal incomes. According to the bill, amended at the Law Commission’s request, among the criminal offences subject to the bill’s provisions, pandering, drug trafficking, trade in persons, money laundering, border regulation offences, counterfeiting, , tax evasion, customs offences, gambling corruption and bank fraud The extensive seizure can only be enforced if the crime committed is sanctioned by more than a jail term of five years and if the assets “obviously exceed the legal earnings”. Gyorgy Frunda, a senator with the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), chairman of the human rights Commission, said the bill renders useless the constitutional provision on illicit means for acquiring assets. “I don’t think the bill will go through the Constitutional Court,” Frunda said.

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