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Grenada: Government withdraws terrorism bill

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2012 | 1:10 AM

The Grenada government has withdrawn legislation dealing with acts of terrorism, after Opposition Leader Dr Keith Mitchell expressed concern over the impact that the bill could have on ordinary citizens.

Dr. Mitchell said he is concerned about various measures within the proposed legislation including the powers given to senior police officers, to stop and search people suspected of engaging or in the process of conducting a terrorist act.

He said he was also worried that the Justice of the Peace could sign search warrants.

Finance Minister Nazium Burke, who is also the Leader of the Government Business, said international pressure for Grenada to adopt legislation to combat terrorism and corruption led to the legislation being brought to Parliament.