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Scottish business can lead the way in disrupting organised crime

The Solicitor General today urged business leaders and regulators to play their full part in disrupting organised crime across Scotland.

Speaking at a Serious Organised Crime Task Force seminar hosted by the Crown Office, Lesley Thomson QC said law enforcement needs the continuing support of legitimate business to undermine organised criminals.

The Solicitor General said:

 “Organised criminals are constantly hunting for opportunities to exploit in their pursuit of unlawful gain – often at the expense of hard-working business people and those they employ.

“Our message today is that Scotland should be a closed shop to organised criminals whose stock in trade is harming our economy and corroding our communities.

“Police and prosecutors are making full use of the various powers at our disposal to disrupt organised crime, but we know that law enforcement cannot do it alone.

“We will continue to rely on engagement from the business community, regulatory bodies and those in public sector procurement to close every door to those who would profit from unlawful moneymaking schemes and scams.  These organisations have enforcement powers which can be deployed ever more effectively against serious organised crime and the various business enterprises they use as a front.

“I hope that today’s seminar will not only support the sharing of best practice in taking forward the task force agenda but also generate ideas for the future to ensure Scotland is a hostile place for organised criminals to do business.”