AG goes after 'Zessers' - show receipts for big long chains

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is sending a warning to all 'Zessers' that legislation is coming to address the acquisition of gold chains, expensive cars and other wealth that can't be explained.

A 'zesser' is urban lingo for someone who has no goals but likes to get high, party, is sexually promiscuous, wears brand named clothes and expensive jewelry.

The AG was speaking during debate on the Unexplained Wealth Bill in the Senate on Monday.

He told the Senate that the second schedule of the Proceeds of Crimes Act does not currently have gang activity as an offense.

But he said the Government will be amending the Proceeds of Crime Act to introduce gang activity into the threshold.

It is in that regard that he made it clear that 'zessers' will be targetted.

"We are absolutely intent on taking, via due process, the fighting chance against, long gold chains, cars that are worth significant value, against people who are generally seemingly unemployed, and who have unexplained wealth, and in our country, where we can be celebrating a song called the 'Zesser', and glorifying a 'zesser' man with a Glock and a Baretta, and enticing young people to join gang activity because of the bling, we intend to take the bling away via the court considering if you can explain your wealth," the AG said.

He added: "So the message to all 'zessers' in this country, keep your receipts, show where you got it from...your employment. Put your trail of evidence together or make sure that you are not on that block demonstrating unlawful gains because a court of law will be asked to look at you very carefully."

The Unexplained Wealth Bill was passed in the House of Representatives last week with the full support of Government and Opposition MPs.


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