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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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(1)An external request is a request by an overseas authority to prohibit dealing with relevant property which is identified in the request.

(2)An external order is an order which—

(a)is made by an overseas court where property is found or believed to have been obtained as a result of or in connection with criminal conduct, and

(b)is for the recovery of specified property or a specified sum of money.

(3)An external investigation is an investigation by an overseas authority into—

(a)whether property has been obtained as a result of or in connection with criminal conduct, or

(b)whether a money laundering offence has been committed.

(4)Property is all property wherever situated and includes—

(a)money;

(b)all forms of property, real or personal, heritable or moveable;

(c)things in action and other intangible or incorporeal property.

(5)Property is obtained by a person if he obtains an interest in it.

(6)References to an interest, in relation to property other than land, include references to a right (including a right to possession).

(7)Property is relevant property if there are reasonable grounds to believe that it may be needed to satisfy an external order which has been or which may be made.

(8)Criminal conduct is conduct which—

(a)constitutes an offence in any part of the United Kingdom, or

(b)would constitute an offence in any part of the United Kingdom if it occurred there.

(9)A money laundering offence is conduct carried out in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom and which if carried out in the United Kingdom would constitute any of the following offences—

(a)an offence under section 327, 328 or 329;

(b)an attempt, conspiracy or incitement to commit an offence specified in paragraph (a);

(c)aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence specified in paragraph (a).

(10)An overseas court is a court of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(11)An overseas authority is an authority which has responsibility in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom—

(a)for making a request to an authority in another country or territory (including the United Kingdom) to prohibit dealing with relevant property,

(b)for carrying out an investigation into whether property has been obtained as a result of or in connection with criminal conduct, or

(c)for carrying out an investigation into whether a money laundering offence has been committed.

(12)This section applies for the purposes of this Part.

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