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Estonian state pursues criminal assets

Deputy Chancellor quotes Batman

The Estonian justice ministry has introduced legislation to ease the seizure of illegally acquired assets from friends, relatives, and acquaintances of criminals.

“We will follow the principle that crime should not pay,” said Justice Ministry Deputy Chancellor Martin Hirvoja, perhaps knowingly paraphrasing Batman (Crime never pays, Robin).

“In the criminal world, prominent figures don’t own assets, but their close relatives, persons in retirement age, own cars that cost several millions,” said Hirvoja. Also, like Batman, the Estonian government will be reasonable. “For example, if a criminal has bought an expensive chandelier for a church, then it won’t be confiscated,” Hirvoja said.

City Paper wonders: If this new law passes parliament next year, will Estonia see the creation of many new churches?