Media Statement: Proceeds of Crime search warrants

Release Date: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 03:25 PM

The AFP has been in discussion with Channel 7 and their legal representatives regarding a Proceeds of Crime Act matter since 11 February 2014.

The AFP has today executed a number of search warrants in Sydney in relation to this matter.

During these search warrants, AFP members behaved appropriately and in accordance with their responsibilities and legal obligations.

These search warrants were conducted in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which provides the legislative framework for the restraint and forfeiture of the proceeds of crime against Australian law. This includes provisions for literary proceeds, where a person profits from their criminal notoriety.

Literary proceeds action does not prevent a person from telling his or her story to the media. The provisions do not interfere with freedom of speech.

The purpose of the provision is to prevent a person deriving a financial benefit from criminal activity.

All AFP search warrants are authorised by a magistrate or an appropriate member of the judiciary following sufficient supporting documentation or material being presented.

The matter remains ongoing and it is not appropriate to comment further.

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