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Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) Act 2008

Application, etc., of freezing co-operation orders.

36.— (1) A freezing co-operation order may apply—

(a) where particular property is specified in the external freezing order, to the property so specified, and

(b) in any other case—

(i) to realisable property held by a specified person, whether the property is described in the freezing co-operation order or not, and

(ii) to any realisable property held by a specified person, being property transferred to the person after the external freezing order was made.

(2) A freezing co-operation order may make such provision as the Court thinks fit for the living expenses and legal expenses of the person possessing the property concerned.

(3) The Court—

(a) may at any time appoint a receiver—

(i) to take possession of any realisable property to which a freezing co-operation order applies, and

(ii) in accordance with the Court’s directions, to manage or otherwise deal with the property, subject to such exceptions and conditions as it may specify,

and

(b) may require any person having possession or control of the property to give up possession of it to the receiver.

(4) Where the Court has made a freezing co-operation order, a member of the Garda Síochána or an officer of customs and excise may seize any realisable property for the purpose of preventing its removal from the State.

(5) Property taken possession of under subsection (4) shall be dealt with in accordance with the Court’s directions.