Swedish gov’t proposes tougher terrorist law

Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson
Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

In a proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, the Swedish Government proposes that it should be made a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation.

It also proposes making it a punishable offence to collaborate with a terrorist organisation, for example by selling weapons, vehicles or other similar equipment to such an organisation.

“Sweden has comprehensive criminalisation in the area of terrorism, but it is not actually a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation such as Daesh. With this proposal, it will be,” says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

Combating terrorism is a top priority for the government, and a number of amendments to tighten legislation have been introduced in recent years.

To further improve opportunities to prevent and combat terrorism, the government proposes making it a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation.

The legislative proposal contains two new offences: participation in a terrorist organisation and collaboration with a terrorist organisation.

In addition, it is proposed to make public provocation to commit a terrorist act and recruitment for terrorism punishable offences, as well as travel abroad for the purpose of participating in the activities of a terrorist organisation. Financing such participation will also be criminalised.

It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 August 2019.

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