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parliament rejects forcible monitoring of potential terrorists

National News // June 1, 2018

Parliament has rejected a motion put forward by the Swiss People’s Party which would have allowed courts to force anyone thought to be at risk of committing a terror attack to wear ankle bracelets – even if they actually haven’t been convicted of a crime.

Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick parliament rejects forcible monitoring of potential terrorists

The upper house rejected the move by 30 to 10 votes. It had been passed by the lower house.

Members say the law failed to strike the correct balance between security and civil liberties.

The government says there are stricter laws coming which will allow close monitoring of those considered a risk.

There are about 90 people on a watch list at the moment, according to the Federal Council.  

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