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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:57

Catala presents the development plan

Justice Minister Rafael Català, presented Monday at the courthouse in Cuenca, the development plan of the Office of Recovery and Asset Management (ORGA) in the coming months will be a reality in Spain.

Since March 1 the province of Cuenca already working with this new instrument that allows the location, recovery, administration and management of assets derived from criminal activities, as reported by the Ministry of Justice.

The Minister has detailed the ORGA extend its activities gradually throughout the national territory. On June 1 it will expand its operations to the rest of Castilla-La Mancha and October 1 to the other autonomous communities the remit of the Ministry of Justice and the organs of state jurisdiction. Finally, on January 1, 2017 will be operational for the rest of the State territory.

Since its opening last October, the Office has been working on the design of its action plan and the development of management tasks to reduce the high costs that management of the Ministry of Justice were enduring as a result of the large amount seized and confiscated goods stored in its warehouses.

Rafael Catala recalled that, until now, the absence specialized in the treatment of these goods organs, were made available to the courts, which exceeded their management capacity. The growing number of criminal acts and special complexity of the criminal lattices had shown, moreover, the inefficiency of the system.

In this sense, the ORGA works as a tool in the service of the courts in the context of criminal proceedings and as assistant prosecutors in the exercise of their functions relating to economic research. In addition, it will optimize the benefits obtained from seizure so that they can be addressed pecuniary restitution of victims paying compensation recognized in the criminal process and the implementation of social projects support and assistance to victims and the momentum of the fight against organized crime.

Justice Minister noted that the creation of the ORGA aims to tackle organized crime and fight corruption in order to prevent criminals and criminal networks take advantage of property obtained illegally. This office was created under the impetus of the reform of the Criminal Code on confiscation and the reform of the Criminal Procedure Act which incorporates the new autonomous confiscation procedure.

In the presentation of the operational development of the Office of Management and Asset Recovery, attended by the President of the High Court of Castilla-La Mancha, Vicente Rouco, the chief prosecutor of Castilla-La Mancha, José Martínez Jiménez, and the director of the ORGA, Isabel Tarazona, among other authorities.

Digital Newspaper El Derecho