Bulgaria MPs to Discuss New Anti-Terror Legislation

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 23, 2016, Wednesday // 10:28
Bulgaria: Bulgaria MPs to Discuss New Anti-Terror Legislation

Lawmakers are to discuss amendments to legislation which set out new measures to curb possible funding of terror activities.

Bulgaria's Parliament has included the item on its agenda for the week following the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.

Under the proposed changes, which have already been adopted on a first reading, Bulgaria will be able to freeze assets of people blacklisted by the EU or the UN Security Council for involvement or funding of terror activities.

The cabinet will also be able to create its own list.

The Interior Minister, the head of domestic security and counter-intelligence agency DANS, and the Chief Prosecutor will also be allowed to blacklist individuals investigated over possible involvement in terror attacks, funding of or recruitment or training of people for such attacks. The same measures might be applied to individuals suspected of creating, running or being members of an organized criminal gang that commits itself to any activity related to terror attacks.

People who are not being targeted by an investigation could also be included in the list if there are is "enough data" showing their involvement in terror activities.

Separately, the cabinet is expected to adopt at its meeting a new anti-terrorism strategy for 2016, within the framework of the general strategy it approved late last year but also in light of Tuesday's developments.

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