Move to hold ter­ror­ists in­def­i­nitely

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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