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The Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Realisation of property

34.—(1) Where a confiscation order—

(a)has been made under this Order,

(b)is not satisfied, and

(c)is not subject to appeal,

the High Court may, on an application by the prosecution, exercise the powers conferred by paragraphs (2) to (6).

(2) The Court may appoint a receiver in respect of realisable property —

(3) The Court may empower a receiver appointed under paragraph (2), under Article 31 or in pursuance of a charging order—

(a)to enforce any charge imposed under Article 32 on realisable property or on interest or dividends payable in respect of such property; and

(b)in relation to any realisable property other than property for the time being subject to a charge under Article 32, to take possession of the property subject to such conditions or exceptions as may be specified by the Court.

(4) The Court may order any person having possession of malisable property to give possession of it to any such receiver.

(5) The Court may empower any such receiver to realise any realisable property in such manner (including the manner of conveyance or transfer of property which is land) as the Court may direct.

(6) The Court may—

(a)order any person holding an interest in realisable property to make to the receiver such payment as the Court may direct in respect of any beneficial interest held by the defendant or, as the case may be, the recipient of a gift caught by this Order; and

(b)on the payment being made, by order, transfer, grant or extinguish any interest in the property.

(7) Paragraphs (4) to (6) do not apply to property for the time q being subject to a charge under Article 32 or under Article 14 of the [1990 NI 17.] Criminal Justice (Confiscation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1990.

(8) The High Court shall not in respect of any property exercise the powers conferred by paragraph (3)(a), (5) or (6) unless a reasonable opportunity has been given for persons holding any interest in the property to make representations to the Court.

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