Joven Narwal was invited by the Department of Justice Canada to participate in a round table discussion with the Honourable David Lametti, Attorney General of Canada, to discuss criminal law reforms to Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime.
This Roundtable was part of the Government of Canada’s public consultation in support of the 2023 Parliamentary Review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and for consideration of future legislative and regulatory amendments to the Criminal Code.
Mr. Narwal provided commentary on Criminal Justice Measures to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, including his views on:
- whether the offence of laundering should be amended to address third-party laundering by altering the nexus required between the predicate offence and the laundering activity;
- sentencing reforms for the offence of laundering proceeds of crime;
- searches of electronic devices containing solicitor-client privileged information;
- seizure and restraint of digital assets;
- admissibility of blockchain data evidence;
- pre-trial seizure and restraint of property associated with crime, and
- whether a “keep open” regime should be implemented