The Gibraltar Parliament has unanimously passed fundamental legislation designed to equip law enforcement agencies with the tools that they require to counter the “scourge” of terrorism.
The Terrorism Act 2018 repeals the existing Terrorism Act 2005 and replaces it with a much more comprehensive and robust regime.
In presenting the legislation to the House Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “It is regrettable that we need this legislation, but this is the unfortunate reality of the world in which we live.”
The new Act makes provision for a wide range of conduct including acts that are intended to encourage terrorist activity, the provision of training, travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism, funding travelling abroad for the purpose of terrorism and financing offences in addition to acts such as bombing.
The Leader of the Opposition, Elliott Phillips said: “Terrorism is a global threat to our way of life and it is right that our law enforcement agencies are supported and are given enhanced tools to fight this evil.”
The terms of the legislation came about from a request by the Royal Gibraltar Police for the provision of certain powers that are available to their UK counterparts.
Source: Gibraltar Chronicle