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1st April 2004, 07:00
31/03/2004 - 2:34:16 PM

Life imprisonment faces those convicted of terrorist offences against shipping under a tough new Bill being introduced by the Government in the aftermath of the Madrid attacks.

John Browne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, outlined the measures in the Seanad today.

The Maritime Security Bill 2004, when passed into law, will give effect to UN measures aimed at counter-terrorism and protection of shipping and offshore platforms.

Browne said: "The need to press ahead with the Bill has been reinforced by recent terrorist atrocities in Madrid and elsewhere.

"All member states of the United Nations must have the necessary laws in place to deal with very mobile, serious offenders so as to ensure that they will not escape jurisdiction."

"The early passing of this Bill signals clearly the Government's resolve to press for greater cooperation between states in working against international terrorism in all of its many manifestations.

"We must stand shoulder to shoulder with the UN and the international community in fighting terrorism."

Browne said the Bill was focused at protecting Irish shipping, other ships which are in Irish territorial waters and against any fixed platforms on Ireland's Continental Shelf.

It also provides for the extension of Ireland's jurisdiction to allow prosecution in the State for offences under UN protocols and conventions committed outside the State. In both instances, the penalty is life imprisonment on conviction or indictment.
Irish Examiner (http://breaking.examiner.ie/2004/03/31/story140730.html)