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United Nations mission in Kosovo to issue anti-terrorism regulation

United Nations mission in Kosovo to issue anti-terrorism regulation

Following an extraordinary session of the Interim Administrative Council, the head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo, Hans Haekkerup, said today he would promulgate a regulation designed to curb terrorism.

According the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the new Regulation on the Prohibition of Terrorism and Related Offences will be the third part of a package designed to combat terrorism and armed violence in Kosovo and to prevent its export outside the territory. Under the regulation, any person who commits an act of terrorism could face a prison sentence of between 10 and 40 years.

In addition, anyone who dispatches or transfers armed groups, equipment, explosives, arms, ammunition and other material for terrorism purposes inside or outside Kosovo could face a 10 to 15 year prison sentence. Collecting funds or recruiting people for terrorist purposes, and providing or receiving training in carrying out terrorist acts could result in up to 15 years in prison, UNMIK said.

The regulation also covers such offences as preparing an act of terrorism; attempting, inciting or aiding others to do so; and participating in a terrorist organizations.