Law amended to outlaw terrorist organisations and confiscate assets

Grenada has amended its terrorism legislation to ensure that persons who assist any terrorist organisation or individual directly or indirectly, will have their assets confiscated by the authorities once the Attorney–General is of the belief the assets were gain through terrorist activities.

Previously the law enforcement authorities had to prove that the asset was directly link to the group or gained through the group.

“This amendment to the law has broader scope to ensure that persons who assist especially in the area of financial transactions, also have their assets be frozen,” said Gregory Bowen, Leader of Government Business in the House.

Legislators on Tuesday made the approval during its monthly session.

Bowen said that Government will also be naming a number of known terrorist organisations as outlawed in Grenada. They include: Al-Qa’ida; Egyptian Islamic Jihad; Al-Gama’at al-Islamiya; Armed Islamic Group (Groupe Islamique Armee) (GIA); Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Groupe Salafiste pour la Predication et le Combat) (GSPC); Babbar Khalsa; International Sikh Youth Federation; Lashkar e Tayyaba; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; Abu Nidal Organization and Islamic Army of Aden.

According to the legislation, Terrorist Act means the use or threat designed to influence a government or an international organisation, or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and the use or threat made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause.

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