THE latest anti-drug trafficking legislation, which lowers the standard of proof for confiscation of proceeds, should not cause legislators much concern, the Government said yesterday. Unveiling amendments to the Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance, Commissioner for Narcotics Alasdair Sinclair said there was no need for a confiscation order to have as high a standard of proof as criminal cases. Law enforcement agents would first have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the person concerned was a drug trafficker. 'Once his guilt has been established, it is proposed that the amount by which he has benefited should be determined on the standard of proof applicable to civil proceedings, as is the practice in the United Kingdom,' he said. For civil proceedings, the case could be proved on the bases of 'balance of probabilities' rather than 'beyond reasonable doubt'. Mr Sinclair said the changes should not cause concern for legislators and were in line with the Bill of Rights. He said legislators endorsed the need to crack down on drug trafficking and money laundering and these amendments served exactly this purpose. 'They were mostly technical amendments to help prevent convicted criminals retain their drug proceeds.' The Government wants to see the amendments enacted before the end of the Legco session. Other amendments included empowering Hong Kong Customs officers to seize property worth $100,000 or more being imported or exported which represents the proceeds of drug trafficking. The Government also proposed the establishing of a criminal offence of dealing in property, knowing that it represents the proceeds. It will be possible for the Government to confiscate drug money from a defendant who absconds or dies before conviction. Mr Sinclair said the proposed changes should bring anti-drug trafficking legislation in line with the international community. The amendment bill, and the Organised and Serious Crimes Amendment Bill, will be tabled to Legco on April 26.