Serious Crime Act 2007

3Involvement in serious crime: Northern Ireland ordersE+W+N.I.

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(1)For the purposes of this Part, a person has been involved in serious crime in Northern Ireland if he—

(a)has committed a serious offence in Northern Ireland;

(b)has facilitated the commission by another person of a serious offence in Northern Ireland; or

(c)has conducted himself in a way that was likely to facilitate the commission by himself or another person of a serious offence in Northern Ireland (whether or not such an offence was committed).

(2)In this Part “a serious offence in Northern Ireland” means an offence under the law of Northern Ireland which, at the time when the court is considering the application or matter in question—

(a)is specified, or falls within a description specified, in Part 2 of Schedule 1; or

(b)is one which, in the particular circumstances of the case, the court considers to be sufficiently serious to be treated for the purposes of the application or matter as if it were so specified.

(3)For the purposes of this Part, involvement in serious crime in Northern Ireland is any one or more of the following—

(a)the commission of a serious offence in Northern Ireland;

(b)conduct which facilitates the commission by another person of a serious offence in Northern Ireland;

(c)conduct which is likely to facilitate the commission, by the person whose conduct it is or another person, of a serious offence in Northern Ireland (whether or not such an offence is committed).

(4)For the purposes of section 1(2)(a), a person has been involved in serious crime elsewhere than in Northern Ireland if he—

(a)has committed a serious offence in a country outside Northern Ireland;

(b)has facilitated the commission by another person of a serious offence in a country outside Northern Ireland; or

(c)has conducted himself in a way that was likely to facilitate the commission by himself or another person of a serious offence in a country outside Northern Ireland (whether or not such an offence was committed).

(5)In subsection (4) “a serious offence in a country outside Northern Ireland” means an offence under the law of a country outside Northern Ireland which, at the time when the court is considering the application or matter in question—

(a)would be an offence under the law of Northern Ireland if committed in or as regards Northern Ireland; and

(b)either—

(i)would be an offence which is specified, or falls within a description specified, in Part 2 of Schedule 1 if committed in or as regards Northern Ireland; or

(ii)is conduct which, in the particular circumstances of the case, the court considers to be sufficiently serious to be treated for the purposes of the application or matter as if it meets the test in sub-paragraph (i).

(6)The test in subsection (4) is to be used instead of the test in section 2(1) in deciding for the purposes of section 1(2)(a) whether a person has been involved in serious crime in England and Wales.

(7)An act punishable under the law of a country outside the United Kingdom constitutes an offence under that law for the purposes of subsection (5), however it is described in that law.