More cash seized by Scotland's courts is to be used in the fight against organised crime, it has been revealed.
An extra £1.5million - part of the sum seized from the Weir Group under the Proceeds of Crime Act - will be made available to law enforcement agencies and the Crown Office, said Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
The company was fined £3million in December for paying cash to Saddam Hussein's former Iraqi regime to secure contracts there.
Mr MacAskill said that, in total, around £24million had already been recovered this year through Proceeds of Crime legislation.
He added: "I am pleased to announce that I am making £1.5 million of that recovered cash available to our police and prosecutors to help them tighten the screw further on the thugs and gangsters who profit from the misery they bring to communities.
"These resources will be used by the agencies to maximise the benefits of the proceeds of crime legislation and take out the serious organised crime groups who bring so much harm to our communities."
Mr MacAskill made the announcement ahead of a visit on Monday with Gordon Meldrum, director-general of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, to Gartcosh, where Scotland's first crime campus is being set up.