The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Freezing Order) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

2021 No. 987

Criminal Law, England And Wales

Criminal Law, Northern Ireland

The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Freezing Order) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021

Made 6th September 2021

Laid before Parliament 7th September 2021

Coming into force 1st October 2021

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the power conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 20181.

The requirements of paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (relating to the appropriate Parliamentary procedure for these Regulations) have been satisfied.

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Freezing Order) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 and come into force on 1st October 2021.

S-2 Extent

Extent

2. These Regulations extend to England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

S-3 Amendment of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

Amendment of the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

3.—(1) The Crime (International Co-operation) Act 20032is amended as follows.

(2) In section 28 (interpretation of Chapter 2)–

(a)

(a) in subsection (1), omit the definition of “the relevant Framework Decision”;

(b)

(b) in subsection (5)(a), for “Article 3(2) of the relevant Framework Decision” substitute “Schedule 1A (listed offences within section 28(5)(a))”;

(c)

(c) in subsection (7)(a), for the words “required to be given by the form of certificate annexed to the relevant Framework Decision” substitute “specified in Schedule 1B (certificate under section 11(4) or 20(5): specified information)”.

(3) After Schedule 1 (proceedings of a nominated court under section 15), insert–

SCHEDULE 1A

section 28(5)

Listed offences within section 28(5)(a)

The following offences, as they are defined by the law of the issuing State, and if they are punishable in the issuing State by a custodial sentence of a maximum period of at least three years–

(a) participation in a criminal organisation;

(b) terrorism;

(c) trafficking in human beings;

(d) sexual exploitation of children and child pornography;

(e) illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;

(f) illicit trafficking in weapons, munitions and explosives;

(g) corruption;

(h) fraud;

(i) laundering of the proceeds of crime;

(j) counterfeiting currency;

(k) computer-related crime;

(l) environmental crime, including illicit trafficking in endangered animal species and in endangered plant species and varieties;

(m) facilitation of unauthorised entry and residence;

(n) murder or grievous bodily injury;

(o) illicit trade in human organs and tissue;

(p) kidnapping, illegal restraint and hostage-taking;

(q) racism and xenophobia;

(r) organised or armed robbery;

(s) illicit trafficking in cultural goods, including antiques and works of art;

(t) swindling;

(u) racketeering and extortion;

(v) counterfeiting and piracy of products;

(w) forgery of, or trafficking in, administrative documents;

(x) forgery of means of payment;

(y) illicit trafficking in hormonal substances and other growth promoters;

(z) illicit trafficking in nuclear or radioactive materials;

(za) trafficking in stolen vehicles;

(zb) rape;

(zc) arson;

(zd) crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court;

(ze) unlawful seizure of aircraft or ships;

(zf) sabotage.

SCHEDULE 1B

section 28(7)

Certificate under section 11(4) or 20(5): specified information

1

1.—(1) Details of either or both of the following, including name, contact details (address, e-mail address and telephone number) and any relevant reference number—

(a)

(a) the judicial authority which issued the freezing order;

(b)

(b) the authority competent for the enforcement of the freezing order in the issuing State.

(2) In the case of any authority specified under sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)

(a) languages in which it is possible to communicate with that authority;

(b)

(b) contact details (including languages in which it is possible to communicate with the person) of the person to contact if additional information on the execution of the order is necessary or to make necessary practical arrangements for the transfer of evidence (if applicable).

(3) If different authorities are specified under paragraphs (a) and (b) of sub-paragraph (1)—

(a)

(a) that both of them must be contacted, or

(b)

(b) (if that is not the case) which one must be contacted.

2

2 Where a central authority has been made responsible for the transmission and administrative reception of freezing orders, details of that authority, including name, contact details (address, e-mail address and telephone number) and any relevant reference number.

3

3 The date, purpose and reference number of the freezing order.

4

4 The formalities and procedures to be observed when executing a freezing order concerning evidence (if applicable).

5

5 The following information regarding the evidence in the executing State covered by the freezing order—

(a) precise description of the evidence;

(b) exact location of the evidence (or, if not known, the last known location);

(c) party having custody of the evidence or known beneficial owner of the evidence, if different from the person suspected of the offence or convicted (if applicable under the national law of the issuing State).

6

6 The following information regarding the...

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