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Parliament boosts security measures

The parliament amended a number of laws on December 9 in response to the Paris terror attacks. They strengthen the powers of police and Slovak Information Service (SIS) or introduce new rules for detention of terrorism suspects. Among the measures:

The Slovak parliament.(Source: TASR)
  • Longer detention time for terrorism suspects. The parliament amended the Constitution to prolong detention time for terrorism suspects from 48 to 96 hours.
  •  A so-called obligatory detention was introduced, where court can detain a terrorism suspect without stating reasons. Detention of any person present at a place where a terrorist attack occurred or is at risk to occur, for 48 hours.
  • The crime of founding and supporting a terrorist group will be classified as an especially grave crime with minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
  •  Police will be able to search cars that are suspected of being used for criminal activities.
  •  SIS will be able to switch off websites that “spread ideas promoting or supporting terrorism, political or religious extremism,” if approved by a court. The website owner can file a motion with the Constitutional Court to have the website brought back on.
  •  SIS will be able to trade weapons, drugs and other banned or regulated substances, if approved by a court. They will also get a new possibility to buy or sell things used by terrorists.
  •  The SIS will be able to create so-called legends about its agents: that means using fake information or fake CVs. SIS agents will thus be able to request a court approval for wiretapping under a fake identity.
  • The SIS will be able to request information about staff and clients of public offices and public companies.
  • Military intelligence service will have the same competencies as SIS in anti-terrorism fight.
  • Intercepted phone calls of prisoners will be used in investigating terrorism-related crimes.
  • Witnesses will be protected from confrontation with suspects, for instance by using videoconferences during hearings.
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