Iraq adopts law defining terrorism

Dec. 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM

BAGHDAD, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Council of Ministers has approved a law defining "crimes of terrorism," intended to promote stability and security, government officials said.

The Anti-Terrorism Law ratified Tuesday "stemmed from the Iraqi government's keenness for the sovereignty of the law, the stability of security in the country, along with putting an end to acts of terrorism," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement Wednesday.

"The draft-law describes crimes of terrorism as any action or refusal to carry out any action, or an attempt to achieve any result aimed at causing terror among people, frightening them, or causing danger to their lives, honor or security, or causing harm to the environment or any public or private property, or exposing any of the natural or public health resources to danger, with the motive of undermining the public order, threatening stability, regional safety, national unity or the State's sovereignty or threatening the ruling power," Dabbagh said.

The law defines terrorist organization as "any group, society or commission, comprised of three or more persons, aiming to commit one or more than one terrorist crime, and the terrorist, being the person, who committed or tried to commit a terrorist crime, intentionally, through any direct or indirect means, or having shared in committing it or pushing an illegal responsible person to commit it or having enrolled in a terrorist organization," Aswat al-Iraq reported.

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