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Vancouver Sun: How B.C. is using ‘unexplained wealth orders’ to pierce the secrets of suspected money launderers

May 21, 2024 — 

It’s a substantial change in how courts normally treat allegations, where the responsibility is on the Crown to prove defendants are guilty, and until then they’re considered innocent, experts say.

“It’s a fundamental reshaping of the way the law works,” observes University of Manitoba law professor Michelle Gallant.

The B.C. government describes wealth orders as a new tool that can help pierce the secrecy of shell companies and offshore transactions, and assets hidden with family members and associates, in its fight against money laundering.

To read the full story, please visit the Vancouver Sun


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