Anti-terror laws pass Dutch parliament

March 22, 2007 at 8:06 PM
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 22 (UPI) -- The Dutch parliament approved anti-terror laws that would bar people suspected of terrorism from entering certain areas at certain times.

The killing of Theo Van Gogh, a documentary filmmaker, and the arrest of an alleged terrorist group have made the Dutch more nervous about terrorism, Radio Netherlands reported.

"The freedom to move to places where they can be a danger to public security and to people or specific persons can be limited," said Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin. "This not something like administrative detention -- that is not included in our legislation -- but we are confident that it will support the fight against terrorist crimes in an appropriate manner."

Under the legislation, suspected terrorists can also be forced to report regularly to the police.

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