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Government looks into outlawing terrorism trips

Published torsdag 18 december 2014 kl 11.35
Justice and Immigratyion Minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / TT
Justice and Immigratyion Minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / TT

On Thursday, the Swedish government appointed Lars Werkström as a special investigator to look into how to quickly criminalize travelling abroad to receive terrorist training.

Justice and Immigration Minister Morgan Johansson wrote in a debate article in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Thursday that the investigator will present the findings, and a proposal for law changes, by 18 June 2015.

The new investigator, Lars Werkström, works as a legal council at the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

The starting point for Werkström's investigation is a UN Security Council resolution from late September 2014. That resolution requires all UN member states to have laws making it possible to prosecute and punish people, in a way that reflect the seriousness of terrorism.

At least 110 people from Sweden have travelled to Syria or Iraq to fight in al-Qaida-inspired groups, according to Swedish secret police Säpo.

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