Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's anti-terror laws to be updated

The Manx government is updating its anti-terror laws to ensure the island does not become a "safe haven" for terrorists, it has been announced.

The draft Anti-Terrorism and Crime (Amendment) Bill will amend previous acts passed in 2003 and 2009.

It includes making convicted terrorists register with the police and a new offence of encouraging terrorism.

"We can't discount acts of terrorism occurring on the Isle of Man in the future," Adrian Earnshaw MHK said.

'Good neighbour'

The Home Affairs minister added: "This bill is about the Isle of Man being a good neighbour and maintaining its reputation for being a well regulated finance centre.

"The 56 clauses seek to update and modernise our existing legislation with a view to complying with international agreements in relation to terrorism.

"It's in our interests to ensure the island is not a safe haven for terrorists or those who finance terrorism.

"We have established the island as a well regulated international finance centre and we want to make certain there aren't any weaknesses in legislation that could be exploited by those who want to engage in international terrorism, or by those who wish to damage the island's reputation."

Residents are being encouraged to give their views on the new legislation.

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