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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMTGlobe and Mail, 16 Sep 2016 - A judge has ruled that British Columbia's Civil Forfeiture Office cannot seize assets unless they are tied to unlawful activity, a decision that a lawyer in the case says is an important precedent. The case began in November, 2015, when the forfeiture office began an attempt to seize property from several people charged in an RCMP investigation into a marijuana trafficking network one month earlier. The office - a government agency that has been criticized for its aggressive attempts to seize homes, vehicles and cash connected to criminal offences, even from people who have not been convicted or charged - named six of the men who were charged as defendants in the civil-forfeiture case.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMTPhilippine Star, 23 Aug 2016 - The witnesses' narratives had a common thread: the victims were low-level drug pushers silenced by corrupt law enforcers who were either their protectors or suppliers in the illegal drug trade. This emerged at the first Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings led by the committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, and the committee on public order and illegal drugs chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMTGlobe and Mail, 22 Jun 2016 - A B.C. man who spent years fighting an attempt by the province's Civil Forfeiture Office to seize his home has launched a legal action of his own, accusing the government office of abusing its authority. David Lloydsmith was at his home in Mission, B.C., in October, 2007, when an RCMP officer knocked on the door and said he was responding to a 911 call. Mr. Lloydsmith told the officer he was the only person at the home and had not called 911. The officer asked to enter the residence, a request Mr. Lloydsmith refused. But when he attempted to close the door, the officer barged in and restrained him, a judge later found. A subsequent search turned up marijuana plants, and Mr. Lloydsmith was arrested for production-related offences.