Cabinet backs sweeping law punishing terrorist activity

Cabinet backs sweeping law punishing terrorist activity
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The German cabinet on Wednesday backed legislation that makes involvment in terrorist activity – even with no clear intent to carry out an attack - punishable by up to ten years in prison.

“Germany, like many other countries, has since September 11, 2001 been in danger of being the target of a terror attack,” German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said, adding that now the possibilities for law enforcement to fight terrorism is “significantly better.”

Should it be passed by parliament as expected, any involvement with suspected terrorist groups, including contacting them, preparing for a terror attack by collecting money, financing terrorist activities, gathering bomb materials, spending time in a terrorist training camp or publishing bomb-building instructions will be punishable unter the new legislation.

Building a bomb, even if someone does not detonate it, could mean up to three years in jail, for instance.