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Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1991

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4(1)The powers conferred on the High Court by paragraphs 5(1) and 6(1) below are exercisable where—

(a)proceedings have been instituted in Northern Ireland against the defendant for a relevant offence;

(b)the proceedings have not been concluded; and

(c)the court is satisfied that there is reasonable cause to believe that the defendant has benefited from terrorist-related activities.

(2)Those powers are also exercisable where—

(a)the High Court is satisfied that, whether by the making of a complaint or otherwise, a person is to be charged with a relevant offence; and

(b)it appears to the court that there is reasonable cause to believe that he has benefited from terrorist-related activities.

(3)For the purposes of paragraphs 5 and 6 below at any time when those powers are exercisable before proceedings have been instituted—

(a)references to the defendant shall be construed as references to the person referred to in sub-paragraph (2)(a) above; and

(b)references to realisable property shall be construed as if, immediately before that time, proceedings had been instituted against the person referred to in sub-paragraph (2)(a) above for a relevant offence.

(4)Where the High Court has made an order under paragraph 5(1) or 6(1) below by virtue of sub-paragraph (2) above, the court shall discharge the order if proceedings in respect of the offence are not instituted (whether by the making of a complaint or otherwise) within such time as the court considers reasonable.

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