Saturday 22 July 2017

Anti-corruption law to tackle rogue bankers

Tom Brady Security Editor

TOUGHER laws to tackle rogue bankers and extra powers for the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) are two key planks of the new Government's strategy to combat crime.

A new anti-corruption law is to be introduced to punish white-collar crime and end what Fine Gael and Labour described as the impunity from consequences for corporate behaviour that threatens the economy.

It is also intended to take steps to prevent convicted white collar criminals from transferring their assets to spouses and other family members and to give power to the CAB to pursue them for any financial gains or benefits deriving from the proceeds of their illegal activities.

The white-collar crackdown had been promised by the two parties in their election manifesto as had many of the other measures they now propose to implement in government.

Offences

They will press ahead with the long-awaited DNA database to help the investigation of serious sexual and violent offences while also bringing in statutory guidelines for the witness security programme.

All prisons will be provided with X-ray scanners to eliminate the flow of drugs and mobile phones into the jails.

There are no firm commitments on the overall strength of the garda force but it is intended to put more gardai into frontline policing by making greater use of civilian staff and reducing the numbers tied up in court duties.

Irish Independent

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