23 August 2009

Update Hidden Laws 02

Back in January I blogged about Hidden Laws - people were prosecuted on the basis of laws that didn't exist. (Pathetic isn't it?).

This was updated in April: essentially, other cases started to come out of the woodwork.

Now we have the BBC giving us this headline

"Tobacco smugglers 'due payouts'"

explaining that, "[t]housands of tobacco smugglers could be due compensation because their assets were wrongly confiscated, customs officials have admitted.

More than £10m has been recovered from smugglers during the last four years.

But officials failed to notice a change in the law in 2001, which meant only the main players in smuggling scams should have had their assets seized.

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