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Terrorist Training a Punishable Crime

Interior Minister Anne Homlund has declared that training terrorists will be considered a criminal offence.

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Speaking at a swearing in ceremony at the Police College of Finland in Tampere Friday, Homlund said the move to criminalise terrorist training would be an important step to help police effectively respond to the threat of terrorism.

Training individuals to commit terrorist acts is currently a crime in many EU countries. “The legislation needs to be up to date to counter terrorist crimes,” The Minister said.

However she emphasized that that there was currently no concrete risk of terrorist activity in Finland.

Holmlund said that over the next five years police would have to focus their efforts on preventive actions and anti-terrorism programs as well combating organized crime.

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