Legislative Reform Panel Approves Bill for Blacklisting Terrorist Entities

The Higher Legislative Reform Panel, under Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, approved on Monday 24112014 a bill for blacklisting terrorist entities.

The bill is to fill a legal gap in the Egyptian legislative system, the panel said in an explanatory memorandum.

The bill will provide a comprehensive legal framework for defining and blacklisting terrorist organizations and tracking down their funding, it added.

The draft law is part of the government’s efforts to uproot terrorism which hinders its planned democratic transition, it said.

Under the new bill, two blacklists will be formed one for organizations and the other for people who are involved in terror acts.

The blacklisting requests will be provided by the Public Prosecutor to be considered by the Cairo Court of Appeal.

An organization will be blacklisted for three years unless a final verdict is issued by the court.

People or organizations labeled as terrorists have the right to appeal against the decision within 60 days of its issuance.

The bill stipulates that those who are blacklisted will be considered wanted criminals.

For his part, Minister of Transitional Justice Ibrahim el-Heneidy and Secretary General of the panel said that the panel approved six bills topped by the bill for blacklisting terrorist entities.

MENA

Source : Egypt State Information Service