Tougher penalties for white-collar criminals assisting members of organised crime "send out a clear message", a Home Office minister said.
Nobody is above the law. But for too long corrupt lawyers, accountants and other professionals have tried to evade justice by hiding behind a veneer of respectability.
This new offence sends out a clear message to those individuals: if you are helping to oil the wheels of organised crime, you will be prosecuted and face being jailed.
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