Spain: Parliament approves new anti-jihad provisions

New crimes, internet recruiting, training in war zones

19 February, 16:17

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 19 - The Spanish Parliament approved a proposal submitted by the governing Partito Popular together with opposition PSOE Socialists providing new tools in the fight against Islamic terrorism. The provision identifies a new set of crimes to combat jihadist extremism - among which internet recruitment, indoctrination-journeys and training in war-zones - to be added to the Penal Code. None of the other parliament groups voted in favour of the "anti-terrorism pact", as they said such an agreement was not made for the sake of the State but represented a "two-party electoral" pact sanctioning the introduction of life imprisonment in the Penal Code. Following this reasoning parties belonging to the Izquierda Plural (Plural Left), the separatist Catalan Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya and the Partido Nacionalista Vasco (PNV) voted against the provision while the constitutionalist Union Progreso y Democracia and Convergencia i Union (CiU) abstained. (ANSAmed).

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