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Netherlands Antilles: Criminal Provisions on Terrorist Activities

(July 2, 2008) On June 2, 2008, the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles approved amendments to the Penal Code, despite criticism from international organizations. The amendments provide for punishment of terrorist activities, funding of terrorism, and money laundering, in conformity with the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (New York, Dec. […]

United Kingdom: Terrorist Loses US Extradition Appeal

(July 2, 2008) A controversial Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, currently imprisoned in the United Kingdom for stirring up racial hatred, recently had his appeal against extradition to the United States rejected by the English High Court. Hamza was the first person to be arrested under the Anglo-American extradition treaty and is sought in the United […]

Bangladesh: Anti-Terrorism Ordinance Approved

(June 2, 2008) On May 18, the Council of Advisors of the present Caretaker Government approved a new law, the Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2008. The new law's definition of terrorism includes acts that pose a threat to the sovereignty, unity, integrity or security of Bangladesh or create panic among the general masses or obstructs official activities; […]

European Union: Amendment to the Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism

(May 2, 2008) In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, the European Union expedited the adoption of the Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism, which was finally approved on June 13, 2002. The Decision represents the cornerstone of the European Union's struggle to combat terrorism. It harmonizes the definition […]

Gambia: Application of Anti-Terrorism Law Expanded

(May 2, 2008) It was reported that The Gambia's National Assembly recently ratified an Anti-terrorism bill that expands the scope of application of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. According to The Gambia's Attorney General and Secretary of State for Justice, Marie Saine Firdaus, although the 2002 Act made it an offence for a person to […]

United Kingdom: Terrorism Laws Continue to Be Implemented

(May 2, 2008) The terrorism laws of the United Kingdom are continuing to be implemented in the courts, with individuals prosecuted frequently being jailed under these provisions. Most recently, a male, British-born Muslim convert has been jailed for four and a half years for terrorism-related offenses that occurred during an inflammatory speech in a London […]

United Kingdom: Terrorist Freezing Orders Declared Unlawful

(May 2, 2008) Orders made to implement United Nations Security Council regulations designed to prevent the financing of terrorism by freezing terrorist assets have been quashed by the High Court of the United Kingdom. The Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the al-Qaeda and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006, both made under the […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged

(Apr. 2, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of […]

Austria: Terrorism Trial

(Mar. 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, the trial of two suspected terrorists began in the Regional Court of Vienna. The accused were spouses who were Austrian citizens of Arab ethnicity, and they were charged with aiding and abetting al Qaeda. The accused woman appeared in court dressed in a "burqa" that hid her face […]

Kuwait: Cabinet Condemns Mourning of Mughniyah

(Mar. 2, 2008) In its meeting on February 18, 2008, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers condemned the eulogizing in one of the local Shiite religious places of gathering (Husseiniya) of Imad Mughniyah, a military leader of Hizbullah, in a ceremony attended by two Kuwaiti Members of Parliament. After the meeting, the State Minister for the […]