Australia seeks indefinite detention for terror criminals.

"Around 200 people in Australia are being investigated for providing support to individuals and groups in the Syria-Iraq conflict."

September 15, 2016 09:33
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Malcolm Turnbull

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, August 31, 2016.. (photo credit: REUTERS/STRINGER)

Australia is pushing for new legislation which will allow for indefinite detention for those convicted on terror charges.

The Australian federal parliament is set to introduce laws that are aimed at figures such as Sevdet Besim, who was jailed for 10 years last week over a plot to run a police officer down and decapitate his head on Anzac Day, Australia's war commemoration day, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 'High Risk Terrorist Offender legislation' will allow for post-sentence preventive detention if a Supreme Court judge is convinced that the terrorist still poses a threat once released.

Another addition to legislation will allow for children as young as 14 to be jailed for five years if they breach conditions of new control orders, the penalty being the same that applies to adults.

In the last two years in Australia almost 50 people have been charged with offenses relating to terror.

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the addition of new laws were a matter of public security.

"Around 200 people in Australia are being investigated for providing support to individuals and groups in the Syria-Iraq conflict. So we must not only attack the disease at its source in the Middle East but redouble our efforts at home," The Daily Telegraph quoted Turnbull as saying.

“There has been an increase in the frequency and the severity of terrorist attacks globally, and particularly in western nations such as ours,” Turnbull said. “Over the past year, around 750 people have been killed in about 40 attacks either in the west or against western interests.

In 2014, the Australian coalition introduced a new offense that related to the advocacy of terrorism. The latest bill will include advocacy of genocide, as defined by the genocide convention, according to The Guardian.

The changes to legislation come after an attempted stabbing attack on Saturday in Sydney whereby the police say the man was inspired by Islamic State, according to ABC news Australia.

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