The Economist | 11/12/2010 12:00:00 AM
Seizing control of a wayward agency
November 12--Ask anyone involved in Colombia’s long battle against organised crime about the keys to the country’s success, and one of the first responses will inevitably be the state’s attack on the mobs’ finances.
So far, Colombian officials have managed not to abuse their confiscatory power to persecute political opponents, the most obvious pitfall of the policy. However, a successful asset-seizure programme also depends on a much more mundane task: safeguarding the forfeited property until it can be sold off, auctioned or given away to victims of organised crime.
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