AUSTRALIA SEEKS TO BAN TERRORIST GROUPS

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 4) - Australia's Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, will introduce legislation on Wednesday to ban the militant Islamic group, Hamas, and a Pakistani organization.

The government wants to list the two groups, which are not classified as terrorist organizations by the United Nations.

The move comes amid a government review of the powers of Australia's security intelligence organization, ASIO, after the deportation of French terror suspect Willie Brigitte.

The 35-year-old suspect, who is now being held in France on terrorism-related charges, is allegedly linked to the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Attorney general Philip Ruddock has told parliament, that the organization has links with Australia.

Mr Ruddock will introduce a bill on Wednesday allowing the government to list Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Islamic military group, Hamas, as terrorist organizations.

The Opposition Labor Party says it will support the legislation.

November 5, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

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