Part 4—Other requests by ICC
Division 14—Identification, tracing, and freezing or seizure, of proceeds of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC
Subdivision B—Restraining orders
83 Excluding property from restraining orders
(a) a court makes a restraining order under Part 2-1 of the Proceeds of Crime Act against property in respect of the crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC; and
(b) a person having an interest in the property applies to the court under Division 3 of Part 2-1 of that Act for an order varying the restraining order to exclude the person’s interest from the restraining order;
the court must grant the application if the court is satisfied that:
(c) in a case where the applicant is not the defendant:
(i) the applicant was not, in any way, involved in the commission of the crime; and
(ii) if the applicant acquired the interest at the time of or
after the commission, or alleged commission, of the crime—the property was not proceeds of the crime; or
(d) in any case—it is in the public interest to do so having regard to any financial hardship or other consequence of the interest remaining subject to the order.
Part 11—Forfeiture of proceeds of international crimes
158 Effect on third parties of registration of forfeiture order
Applications by third parties
(1) If a court registers under section 156 a forfeiture order in relation to property, a person who:
(a) claims an interest in the property; and
(b) was not convicted of a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC to which the order relates; may apply to the court for an order under subsection (2).
Orders by the court
(2) If, on an application for an order under this subsection, the court is satisfied that:
(a) the applicant was not, in any way, involved in the commission of a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC to which the order relates; and
(b) if the applicant acquired the interest in the property at the time of or after the commission of such a crime—the property was not proceeds of such a crime;
the court must make an order:
(c) declaring the nature, extent and value (as at the time when the order is made) of the applicant’s interest in the property; and
(i) directing the Commonwealth to transfer the interest to the applicant; or(ii) declaring that there is payable by the Commonwealth to the applicant an amount equal to the value declared under paragraph (c).
Certain people need leave to apply
(3) A person who was given notice of, or appeared at, the hearing held in connection with the making of the order is not entitled to apply under subsection (1) unless the court gives leave.
(4) The court may grant leave if it is satisfied that there are special grounds for doing so.
(5) Without limiting subsection (4), the court may grant a person leave if the court is satisfied that:
(a) the person, for a good reason, did not attend the hearing referred to in subsection (3) although the person had notice of the hearing; or
(b) particular evidence that the person proposes to adduce in connection with the proposed application under subsection (1) was not available to the person at the time of the hearing referred to in subsection (3).
Period for applying
(6) Unless the court gives leave, an application under subsection (1) is to be made before the end of 6 weeks beginning on the day when the order is registered in the court.
(7) The court may give leave to apply outside that period if the court is satisfied that the person’s failure to apply within that period was not due to any neglect on the person’s part.
(8) A person who applies under subsection (1) must give to the proceeds of crime authority authorised under subsection 155(2) notice, as prescribed, of the application.
(9) That proceeds of crime authority is to be a party to proceedings on an application under subsection (1). The Attorney-General may intervene in such proceedings.
Part VI—Proceeds of crime
Division 2—Requests by foreign countries
Subdivision A—Enforcement of foreign orders
34A Registration of foreign orders
(1A) An application to a court for registration of a foreign order in accordance with an authorisation under this Subdivision must be to a court with proceeds jurisdiction.
(1) If a proceeds of crime authority applies to a court with proceeds jurisdiction for registration of a foreign order in accordance with an authorisation under this Subdivision, the court must register the order accordingly, unless the court is satisfied that it would be contrary to the interests of justice to do so.
(2) The proceeds of crime authority must give notice of the application:
(a) to specified persons the authority has reason to suspect may have an interest in the property; and
(b) to such other persons as the court directs.
(3) However, the court may consider the application without notice having been given if the proceeds of crime authority requests the court to do so.
(4) If a foreign pecuniary penalty order or a foreign restraining order is registered in a court under this Subdivision:
(a) a copy of any amendments made to the order (whether before or after registration) may be registered in the same way as the order; and
(b) the amendments do not, for the purposes of this Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act, have effect until they are registered.
(5) An order or an amendment of an order is to be registered in a court by the registration, in accordance with the rules of the court, of:
(a) a copy of the appropriate order or amendment sealed by the court or other authority making that order or amendment; or
(b) a copy of that order or amendment duly authenticated in accordance with subsection 43(2).
34B Enforcement of foreign forfeiture orders
(1) A foreign forfeiture order registered in a court under this Subdivision has effect, and may be enforced, as if it were a forfeiture order made by the court under the Proceeds of Crime Act at the time of registration.
(2) In particular, section 68 of the Proceeds of Crime Act applies in relation to the forfeiture order as if:
(a) the reference in subparagraph 68(1)(b)(i) of that Act to a proceeds of crime authority having applied for the order were a reference to the foreign forfeiture order having been made; and
(b) subparagraph 68(1)(b)(ii) of that Act did not apply if the person in question died after the authority applied for registration of the order under section 34A of this Act.
(3) Subject to section 34C, property that is subject to a foreign forfeiture order registered under this Subdivision may be disposed of, or otherwise dealt with, in accordance with any direction of the Attorney General or of a person authorised by the Attorney General in writing for the purposes of this subsection.
(4) Sections 69 and 70 and Divisions 5 to 7 of Part 2 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act do not apply in relation to a foreign forfeiture order registered under this Subdivision.
34D Enforcement of foreign pecuniary penalty orders
(1) A foreign pecuniary penalty order registered in a court under this Subdivision has effect, and may be enforced, as if it were a pecuniary penalty order that:
(a) was made by the court under the Proceeds of Crime Act at the time of registration; and
(b) requires the payment to the Commonwealth of the amount payable under the order.
(2) Any amount paid (whether in Australia, in the foreign country in which the order was made or elsewhere) in satisfaction of the foreign pecuniary penalty order is taken to have been paid in satisfaction of the debt that arises because of the registration of the foreign pecuniary penalty order in that court.
(3) Division 5 of Part 2 4 of the Proceeds of Crime Act does not apply in relation to a foreign pecuniary penalty order registered under this Subdivision.
2. If a State Party is unable to give effect to an order for forfeiture, it shall take measures to recover the value of the proceeds, property or assets ordered by the Court to be forfeited, without prejudice to the rights of bona fide third parties.