MPs back earlier intervention in terrorist cases

18th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch parliament is backing legislation giving police extra powers to catch potential terrorists in the earlier stages of planning attacks.

18 May 2006

AMSTERDAM —  The Dutch parliament is backing legislation giving police extra powers to catch potential terrorists in the earlier stages of planning attacks.

MPs of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrats (CDA), the Liberal (VVD), Labour (PvdA) and the Christian SGP have teamed up to support proposals that would allow the authorities to intervene when there are indications terrorist acts are being planned.

Police believe current laws have hampered them getting convictions in several cases as the suspects had not finalised their plans when arrested.

The measures discussed by MPs would allow the authorities a freer hand to use phone taps, infiltration and entrapment to investigate people suspected of involvement with terrorism. Parliament has yet to set the parameters to decide what constitutes a genuine indication of terrorist involvement.

The proposal comes on top of legislation passed on Tuesday to increase the maximum sentences for terrorism and sharpen the law on conspiracy.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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