Qatar’s Emir Amends Anti-Terrorism Laws

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has issued a decree to amend the country’s anti-terrorism laws, a move that appears aimed at countering charges by Gulf Arab states that Doha supports terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with its regional neighbor over allegations it supports terrorism, a charge Qatar denies.

The decree issued by al-Thani includes definitions for the words terrorist, crime, terrorism and acts of terrorism, as well as freezing of funds and financing terrorism.

It also creates two national terrorism lists and sets rules for listing individuals and groups on each list.

The Arab nations have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and imposed strict sanctions on the Gulf state.

Last week, Qatar signed an accord with the United States that provided for measures to work together to fight terrorism financing. Details of the accord have not been released.

Source: Voice of America