New Zealand Tightens Counter-Terrorism Law After ISIS-Inspired Terrorist Wounded 7 People

New Zealand has tightened its counter-terrorism laws after after an ISIS-inspired knife-wielding terrorist wounded seven people at a mall in Auckland last month. On Sept. 30, the country’s Parliament passed the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill with the support of Labour and National. It was opposed by Act, the Green Party, and the Māori Party. The bill, an amendment to the 2002 Terrorism Suppression Act and other related laws, makes planning and preparing a terrorist attack a crime and gives enforcement agencies greater powers to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. Specifically, it allows enforcement agencies to apply warrantless powers of entry, search, and surveillance and update the definition of a terrorist to improve clarity. It also criminalizes weapons or combat training for terrorist purposes as well as travel to, from, or via New Zealand with the intention to carry out an offence under the Terrorism Suppression Act. Finally, it extends the terrorism finance offenses to also criminalize providing wider forms of support to terrorist …

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