THE EUROPEAN Union has taken a clear step towards adoption of a law, which would compel the freezing of assets in any of its member countries because of a court order issued in any other EU state. This regulation, which covers "the transfer of property to be used as evidence, for the purpose of confiscation or for restitution to the victim of an offence," is the first measure in a programme of mutual recognition of law and court decisions in criminal matters, which was decided at the EU's justice and home affairs summit, held in Tampere, ...

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