Section 74. General rules on confiscation of proceeds and property which do not belong to the offender

When confiscation of seized proceeds, see sections 67 and 68, or property, see sections 69 and 70, which do not belong to the offender is claimed, the claim is directed at the owner or rights holder. The same applies when confiscation is claimed of the value of property which has been seized, or which has been exempted from seizure on provision of security.
When the owner or rights holder is unknown or his whereabouts in Norway are unknown, confiscation may be effected in proceedings against the offender or the person who was in possession at the time of seizure, provided this is deemed reasonable in view of the owner's circumstances. The same applies when confiscation is claimed of the value of property which has been seized, or which has been exempted from seizure on provision of security. The owner shall as far as possible be notified about the matter.
If the whereabouts in Norway of the offender and the possessor are unknown, the district court may order confiscation on the terms specified in the second paragraph, without any person being sued.
These rules apply correspondingly to confiscation of rights pursuant to section 72, fifth paragraph, and section 73.