April 30, 2017

Amending the Law Regulating Lists of Terrorists

Law no. 8 for 2015 Regulating Lists of Terrorists was amended on the 27th of April 2017 to ease the conditions for listing an entity or an individual under the terrorists’ lists and give the public prosecution more flexibility in this regard. Under the new rule, the Public Prosecutor can request the competent court to list an entity or an individual under the terrorism lists if its request is accompanied with one of three alternatives, i.e., the supportive investigations, documents, or information. According to the old rules, the request was required to be accompanied by all of them together.

The Public Prosecutor is empowered according to the new amendments to freeze the assets of a suspected entity or person even if it is not listed in the lists of terrorists as long as there is sufficient evidence that such assets are resulting from or shall be sued in a terrorism act.

The duration for listing an entity or a person in the terrorists’ lists is extended to be 5 years instead of 3, and a new penalty is added which is to ban the listed person or entity from carrying out any charity or religious activities.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Dr. Fatma Salah.

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