POLICE SERVICE ACT - 1970 (ACT 350)

    Section - 35 - Disposal of Property in Possession of Police.

    (1) Where property has come into the possession of the police a District Magistrate may, on application either by or on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police or by a claimant of the property, make an order for the delivery of the property to the person appearing to the Magistrate to be entitled thereto.

    (2) An order under subsection (1) shall not affect the right of any person to take legal proceedings against any person in possession of property delivered by virtue of the order for the recovery of the property.

    (3) The Minister may by legislative instrument regulate the disposal of property which has come into the possession of the police where the owner of the property cannot be ascertained or no order of a Magistrate has been made with respect thereto.

    (4) Regulations made under this section may authorise the sale of such property, and the application of the proceeds of sale, and the application of any money of which the owner cannot be ascertained, to all or any of the following purposes:-

    (a) the expenses of executing the regulations;

    (b) the payment of reasonable compensation to any person by whom the property has been delivered into the possession of the police;

    (c) the making of payments for the benefit of discharged prisoners or of persons dependent on prisoners or discharged prisoners;

    (d) the Police Welfare Fund; or

    (e) such other purpose as the Minister may direct.

    (5) Where the property is a perishable article or its custody involves unreasonable expense or inconvenience it may be sold at any time, but the proceeds of sale shall not be disposed of until they have remained in the possession of the police for six months; and in any other case the property shall not be sold until it has remained in the possession of the police for six months.