Senate Okays Amendments to Terrorism Prevention Act


The Senate, on Friday (March 12), approved amendments to the Terrorism Prevention Act, paving the way for the passage of regulations and to impose heavier penalties for breaches.
“Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, in May 2009, committed to have the Terrorism Prevention (Reporting Entities) Regulation in force by the end of the financial year,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne Q.C, who piloted the Bill through the Upper House.
The amendments to the Terrorism Prevention Act, which were approved by the House of Representatives on March 10, are critical to the Government fulfilling its obligations under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), of which the country is a member.
The FATF is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. It is a policy-making body that works to generate the necessary political will to bring about legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas.
The Terrorism and Prevention Act was passed in 2005 and was implemented under the United Nations Resolution 1373, which mandates all member states to take steps to combat terrorism.
As such, the Terrorism Bill, among other things, prohibits terrorist acts, the funding of terrorist acts, and punishes collaboration with terrorist organisations. The Bill will also ensure that terrorist financing will be subject to severe punishment under the laws of Jamaica.

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