Guyana passes anti-terror bill that includes death penalty

Jan 5, 2016 | Caribbean, NEWS | 0 comments

Guyana has passed an anti-terrorism bill that will seek the death penalty for anyone found guilty of a terrorist act. The Anti-Terrorism and Terrorist Related Activities Bill was passed in the National Assembly, with 31 government members voting in favour of the bill, and 29 from the opposition voting against. It would provide for the detection, prevention, prosecution, conviction and punishment for terrorism and related activity. Before the bill was passed, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams told the House that with the current threat of global terror, it is necessary for Guyana and all countries to take the appropriate actions. Guyanese Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan added that the tough new penalties would dissuade terrorists and those who support them. Ramjattan also hopes the legislation would send a message to countries like the US, Canada and the UK that Guyana is “not a rogue state” and is instead a country that protects liberal, constitutional and democratic order.
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