Terrorist asset-freezing powers

Terrorist asset-freezing powers let the Treasury freeze the assets of anyone it suspects or believes is involved in terrorism - meaning a person and their family cannot access their money unless the Treasury allows it.

Just like control orders and TPIMs, this can apply to people who may never have been convicted of any offence, let alone arrested or charged. And, as with control orders and TPIMs, you might never know exactly why the Government has taken this action against you.

Liberty ’s objections to the terrorist asset-freezing regime

  • Unfair - it applies to persons who may never have been convicted of any offence, let alone arrested or charged;
  • Punishment by the executive - the powers are given to the Government, not the courts, to impose these extremely harsh and effectively punitive measures;
  • Secret evidence – even when a person is able to get to court to test the case against him or her, special rules of court will apply - allowing for closed hearings, secret evidence and the use of special advocates. 

 

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