Saudi says draft anti-terrorism law being amended

By REUTERS
August 6, 2011 18:30

 
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JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia has revised an anti-terrorism law and made it less severe than a leaked version that was heavily criticized by human rights groups, a Shura Council spokesman said on Saturday.

"The draft that was published is not the final one," said Mohammed Almohanna, spokesman for the advisory parliament.

"It was discussed in a Shura Council session. It was a draft and some changes were made to it to ensure that the law is compatible with Sharia (Islamic law) and does not violate citizens' rights or the country's existing laws," he said.

Amnesty International, which published a draft of the Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing Terrorism on its website, said on July 22 that the authorities could use the law to stifle dissent and pro-democracy protests in the absolute monarchy.

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