Tunisia’s Parliament adopts New Anti-terror Law

Tunisia’s Parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law, which seeks to counter the threat posed by militants especially jihadist threat.

The law was adopted overwhelmingly by 174 members of parliament with ten abstentions and no votes against the bill.

Under the new anti-terror law,

  • Those convicted of terrorism in Tunisia will face the death penalty
  • Those in support of terrorism will be dealt with strict punishment including jailable offence.
  • Give government authorities powers to tap suspects’ phones for investigational purpose to avert threats and terrorist attacks.
  • Allows government authorities to detain suspects for 15 days without access to a lawyer or appearance before a judge.

Tunisia’s this move comes after a gunman of jihadist terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) had killed 38 people in June 2015 at a tourist beach in Sousse and after the March attack at the Bardo museum in located at Tunis (Tunisia’s Capital) which killed 21 tourists mostly Britishers.

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