WHAT IS CRIMINAL LIFESTYLE?

If the Defendant has been found guilty of certain offences, it will be concluded that he has a “criminal lifestyle.” This then means it will be assumed that in the previous six years, all income is assumed to be from criminal conduct, unless proved otherwise. The offences which trigger this include drug trafficking offences; arms trafficking; money laundering; brothel keeping. This is not an exhaustive list. Additionally, the Defendant is exposed in the same way if an offence has been committed over a period of at least six months, or been found guilty of a certain number of offences. Since the introduction of the Act.

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