Saturday, 25 July 2015

A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach in Tunisia , Photo CREDIT: JEFF J MITCHELL

The Tunisian parliament has adopted a new "anti-terror" law aimed at beefing up authorities' powers following recent deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, state news agency reported

According to details, Tunisian Paliament spend three days in debate over terrorism issue, the law was adopted late on Friday night, with 172 members of parliament voting in favour and ten abstentions.

The new laws impose the death penalty as a possible sentence for a range of "terror" offences and will allow authorities to detain terror suspects for up to 15 days without access to a lawyer. 

State of emergency declared in Tunisia
The president of the parliamentary assembly, Mohamed Ennaceur, called the passing of the law a "historic" moment and said it would "reassure" the nation's citizens.

The new legislation comes after a gunman massacred 38 tourists on a Tunisian beach in an attack in Sousse claimed by ISIL on June 26.

In March, an attack on the Bardo museum in the Tunis that was also claimed by ISIL left 21 tourists dead.


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