The definition of terrorism would be expanded to be able to include hacking.
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The definition of terrorism would be expanded to be able to include hacking. Credit: Thomas Winje
The report's author Lars Werkström, left, and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson.
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The report's author Lars Werkström, left, and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson. Credit: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Proposal would widen terrorism laws

Report proposes to criminalise more terror trips
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Sweden is to tighten anti-terrorism legislation to comply with a recent EU directive.

A report presented to the Justice Minister on Wednesday says Sweden should make it criminal to go to countries for terrorism, even if the person is a citizen of that land. Currently Sweden cannot punish people from visiting places where they have double citizenship.

It also proposes particular laws dealing with people who teach themselves how to commit or help with serious crimes. And that certain kinds of computer hacking should be considered terrorist crimes.

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson welcomed the proposals on Wednesday, reports news agency TT.

The report's author Lars Werkström proposed last summer that the government should make it a criminal offence to help a terrorist group in an unarmed capacity, for example by driving transport or cooking food for those committing terrorist crimes.

But the government has not submitted a bill to the Riksdag, intending to wait for another investigation to present its findings in December.

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