The Proceeds of Crime Bill states that it is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. And yet a High Court judge has already effectively ruled that one of its clauses infringes human rights, says Jonathan Cohen
The state has draconian powers to freeze and seize property. A landmark judgment protecting the rights of the individual, and one of the first cases in English law to deal with the right to protection of property since the Human Rights Act (HRA), is the recent decision of Mr Justice Hooper in Hughes & Ors v HM Customs and Excise.
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