London Plans Stronger Laws For Freezing Assets


London--The British government said in early December it planned new laws creating a natural confiscation agency with powers to seize the assets of criminals.

Officials said the move was in part a response to difficulties experienced in trying to freeze the assets in the UK of the late Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha.

The new laws would give the confiscation agency the power to get at assets through civil courts where the burden of proof is lower than in criminal courts.

Nevertheless, Britain's

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