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Tunisian government to review anti-terrorism law, says minister

Supporters of Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed attend a demonstration against corruption in Tunis, Tunisia on May 26, 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisians attend a demonstration against corruption in Tunis, Tunisia on 26 May 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisia’s Justice Minister said on Thursday that the government intends to review the anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering laws in line with domestic and international legislation.

“The review comes due to the emergence of many difficulties in applying the current anti-terrorism law,” Ghazi Jeribi told the parliamentary General Legislation Committee. He explained that the review will focus mainly on the establishment of legal and institutional frameworks and procedures required to establish a mechanism to implement UN Security Council resolutions on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

“The law which established the Tunisian Counter-Terrorism Committee, the CTC, and gave it the authority to follow up on the implementation of UN resolutions related to the financing of terrorism,” Jeribi pointed out, “did not explicitly refer to UN resolutions related to the prevention of weapons of mass destruction and this is what will be amended.”

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According to the minister, several chapters of the anti-terrorism law have been reviewed to be in line with Tunisian legislation issued after 2015 related to financial institutions, the central bank and the judicial and economic fields.

In July 2015, the Tunisian Parliament passed a law to combat terrorism and money laundering with a severe sentencing structure, including the death penalty.

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