Parliament Passes New Anti-Terror Law

lawTunisia’s parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law, which seeks to counter the threat posed by Islamist militants.

The move follows two deadly attacks on tourism sites – a beach and hotel at Sousse in June and the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March.

Under the new law, those convicted of terrorism could face the death penalty and expressions of support for terrorism are a jailable offence.

However, rights groups have criticised the new measures as draconian. MPs passed the law overwhelmingly after three days of debate.

Mohamed Ennaceur, president of the assembly, called it a “historic” moment and said the new law would “reassure” Tunisians.
The law will also make it easier for investigators to tap suspects’ phones.

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