Criminal lawyer: Changes to terrorism suppression laws long overdue

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Sep 2021, 9:44AM
Police at the scene in New Lynn. (Photo / Alex Burton)
Police at the scene in New Lynn. (Photo / Alex Burton)

Criminal lawyer: Changes to terrorism suppression laws long overdue

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 6 Sep 2021, 9:44AM

A suggestion the Government needs to move faster on changes to terrorism suppression laws.

An ISIS-inspired terrorist injured seven people at Countdown LynnMall in Auckland on Friday.

Changes to terrorism suppression laws, which would criminalise planning and preparing a terrorism act, were already underway before the attack.

The Government says it wants to pass them as soon as possible.

Criminal Lawyer Steve Cullen told Mike Hosking this is long overdue.

“We don’t need to do a full overhaul of the Terrorism Suppression Act, we’ve just got to deal with this. We’ve got to make it an offence to plan or prepare because traditionally, we’ve never made it an offence to plan or prepare offending.”

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