Legislators of the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico (Security and Drug Trafficking Commission) approved a text that would allow the State to confiscate assets acquired through crime.

For example, assets obtained through drug trafficking and money laundering would be seized by the State. Photo MSP

According to Gustavo Viales, chairman of the commission, the text has the endorsement of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) – Costa Rican Institute on Drugs and the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), as they participated in its preparation.

For the State to confiscate the assets of persons who commit crimes, a due process in the courts is required.

Following is a list of crimes committed that could result in the loss of assets:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Money Laundering
  • Financing terrorism
  • Public corruption
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement, influence peddling
  • Illicit enrichment
  • Smuggling.
  • Tax evasion
  • Trafficking of weapons and explosives
  • Kidnapping for extortion or taking hostages
  • Pimping and sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking in persons
  • Manufacture or production of child pornography.
  • Sicariato (Murder for hire)
  • Bank fraud
  • Cybercrime
  • Genocide
  • Involvement in organized crime

After the commission concludes and approves the text, the bill then will move to the full legislative assembly for discussion and voting.


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