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Introduction to International Forfeiture March 1991

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Date Published
March 1991
38 pages
This report from the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division presents a discussion of international forfeiture issues.
This report discusses ways for Federal prosecutors and investigators around the country pursue illicit assets traced abroad. The report comprises seven sections: 1) a discussion of the types of requests for assistance most frequently requested by the United States from foreign countries relating to forfeitable assets believed to be abroad; 2) a discussion of the means through with the United States make its requests for forfeiture-related assistance to foreign countries; 3) a focus on Department of Justice (DOJ) policy regarding the retention of local counsel abroad to represent the interests of the United States in forfeitable property before a foreign court; 4) an examination of the laws, policies, and procedures underlying DOJ's commitment to share forfeited assets in instances where such property was forfeited with the assistance and cooperation of a foreign country or countries; 5) a discussion of the United States code which provides that the United States may forfeit property within its borders that represents the proceeds of foreign drug law violations; 6) a discussion of forfeiture-related requests from foreign countries to the United States, and an overview of the procedures which Federal investigators should follow in meeting such requests; and 7) a summary of the major topics discussed previously in the paper emphasizing the importance of an international approach to forfeiture as an effective tool of law enforcement.