Ugandan law imposes death penalty on terror convicts

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MP David Bahati, Sponsor of the Bill

Persons convicted of terrorism will be subjected to the death penalty or imprisonment for life, the Anti-Terrorism Amendment bill tabled in Ugandan parliament Friday suggests.

The bill, tabled by the State Minister of Finance David Bahati seeks to amend the Anti-terrorism Act, 2002 to address the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations on terrorism financing. It introduces a new section on terrorism financing which creates an offense for anyone who willingly collects or provides funds for terrorism activities.

It stipulates that “A person still commits an offense regardless of whether the funds are used to commit an offense or not, and regardless of whether the funds are linked to a specific act of terrorism or not.”

An offender under terrorism financing is liable to imprisonment for 20 years or to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand currency points (100million Shillings), or both, Upon conviction.

The bill also gives powers to the Inspector General of Police to freeze any account in financial institutions, upon evidence that the account has funds intended for terrorism activities. The IGP would also have powers to seize properties owned by terrorism convicts.

The bill was referred to Parliament’s Committee of Defence and Internal Affairs by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah for scrutiny. Currently dozens of people have been convicted of terrorism related charges while others are still battling the cases in courts of law.