Grenada amends terrorism laws outlawing terrorist organisations

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tuesday May 28, 2013 – The Grenada parliament has approved an amendment to existing terrorism legislation so to confiscate the assets of anyone once the Attorney General is of the belief the asset was gain through terrorist activities.

Previously, law enforcement authorities had to prove that the asset was directly link to a terrorist group or gain through the group.

“This amendment to the law has broader in 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, as legislators approved of the amendment on Tuesday.

Bowen said that the Keith Mitchell government will also be outlawing a number of known terrorist organisations. Including Al-Qaeda; the Egyptian Islamic Jihad; Armed Islamic Group; the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; Abu Nidal Organization and Islamic Army of Aden.

Under the legislation, a terrorist act is defined as the use or threat designed to influence a government or an international organization or to intimidate the public or a section of the public.

It also notes the use or threat made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)