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Legislative Committee approves anti-terror draft law

Mon, May. 13, 2019
CAIRO – 13 May 2019: Parliament's Legislative Committee approved on Sunday a draft law submitted by the government to amend some provisions of the 2015 Anti-Terrorism Law no. 94.

"The draft law faces the danger of terrorist crimes that threaten the foundations that characterize the state through its long history of security and safety," the explanatory memorandum submitted by the justice minister read.

It also seeks to block forms of sheltering terrorist elements or providing them with safe haven or with means to help them stay away from the grip of justice, the memorandum added.

Moreover, the new bill makes terrorist elements unable to rent residential properties, which they use to hide weapons and other tools and harbor criminals.

According to the law, anyone will lease a property to another person without notifying the police could face one-year imprisonment term and pay a fine of LE 5,000-LE 10,000, according to the new amendments to the applicable 2015 Anti-Terrorism Law.

The lessor should provide the police with copies of the rental contract and the tenant’s ID within 72 hours of signing the contract, the amendments suggest. As for the foreign tenant, the lessor should provide a copy of the foreign renter’s passport.

Since the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi and the death of dozens of policemen and hundreds of Morsi supporters during the dispersal of pro-Morsi protests in Al-Nahda and Rabaa Al-Adaweya squares, Islamist terrorism prevailed in the country and hundreds of policemen and army troops have been killed in terrorist attacks since then.

In February 2018, under the title "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018", Egypt's Armed Forces launched a comprehensive military operation targeting the hotbeds of terrorists in Northern and Central Sinai.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi authorized the army chief of staff to use “brutal force” against terrorism.
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