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Weekly Report - 08 August 2019 (WR-19-31)

Chile’s anti-terrorism law amended

Chile’s senate approved a bill to amend the anti-terrorism law after a long debate on 7 August. Essentially the new law is designed to modify the penal code to allow the police and the attorney general’s office more powers to investigate terrorism. It alters the classification of terrorism, which it will now be possible to apply to individuals as well as groups; expands the use of undercover agents; provides more security for protected witnesses; and allows wiretapping of suspected terrorists’ phone lines, as well as the use of drones. Earlier in the week, the interior minister, Andrés Chadwick, urged senators to approve the legislation, which he described as “very important, very urgent, and very necessary”.

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