Move to hold terrorists indefinitely
HIGH-RISK terror offenders may be kept in jail after their sentences finish, Australian officials said yesterday as they move to tighten security laws following attacks in the United States and Europe.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the proposed changes were prompted by an increase in the frequency and severity of attacks around the world as he noted the recent mass shooting in Orlando, United States, and a lorry attack in Nice, France.
“In the wake of Orlando, Nice and other terrorist incidents, as well as our own experience ... we cannot afford for a moment to be complacent,” Mr Turnbull said.
In response to the evolving threat, he said Australia, which has already ramped up security laws since 2014, would move to keep high-risk terrorists in detention beyond the completion of their sentences.
“This legislation will enable additional periods of imprisonment for terrorist offenders who have served their sentences but are still judged to present an unacceptable risk to the community,” he said in a statement. –
Governments worldwide are tightening security laws in the aftermath of the lorry attack in Nice, France, on July 14.