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Ex-justice minister Owen has concerns over new 'mini-CAB'

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

 Former Justice Minister Nora Owen
 Former Justice Minister Nora Owen

A former justice minister has said the introduction of a 'mini-CAB' to target low-level criminals could dilute the original purpose of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

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Nora Owen, who played an integral part in the establishment of CAB over two decades ago, raised concerns about the foundation of a 'mini-CAB' aimed at criminals in Dublin's north-inner city.

"The Criminal Assets Bureau legislation is national - it's not just for a dozen of the big names we tend to associate with big criminal assets. It's for the whole country... but I would be worried about any diluting of the main Criminal Assets Bureau," Ms Owen said.

The former justice minister, who served from 1994 until 1997, was speaking on UTV's 'Gangland - Community in Fear' programme, which will be broadcast at 7.30pm tonight.

Irish Independent

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