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New Zealand adopts stringent anti-terror laws

New Zealand adopts stringent anti-terror laws

Publication: The Times of India - Internet Edition
Date: November 27, 2001
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_id=1693444148

Wellington, New Zealand: Moving to meet United Nations anti-terrorism controls, New Zealand approved stiff new regulations on Monday to prohibit funding and recruiting for terrorist groups.

Foreign minister Phil Goff said the measures will take effect December 1 after being formally approved Monday by the cabinet.

The new regulations allow New Zealand to meet UN anti-terrorism measures that member states are obliged to enact before December 27, Goff said.

The new controls extend earlier moves that prohibit dealing in property belonging to, or sending funds to, groups designated as terrorists by the United Nations.

Under the new measures, it will be illegal to provide financial services to such entities, and individuals must also report to police suspicion that property belongs to suspected terrorists.

Additionally, the regulations create several new criminal offenses, including collecting funds for use by terrorist entities, recruiting people into terrorist groups and participating in such groups.

The new controls cover a list of more than 180 individuals and nearly 80 organizations and entities designated as terrorist by the United Nations, including Afghani terrorist groups linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Goff said the new anti-terrorism laws will be passed by parliament before June 2002.

There is overwhelming public support in New Zealand for freezing the funds and other assets of suspected terrorist groups, Goff said. Up to 80 per cent of New Zealanders are prepared to support such measures according to opinion polls, he added.

The new regulations allow such assets to be seized immediately.  (AP)

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