SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined a new plan to tighten anti-terror measures in the UK, giving police temporary power to seize passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters.
“We need a tough, intelligent, patient and comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at its source,” Cameron said in parliamentarians in a special session on Monday, September 1, Reuters reported.
“We will introduce specific and targeted legislation… providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned,” Cameron said.
Addressing the House of Commons, Cameron outlined several measures designed to tackle the threat of “radicalized” Britons.
The measures announced includes, drawing up a legislation to give the police new statutory powers to confiscate the passports of suspect terrorists at UK borders. The UK will also challenge any attempt by the courts to water down these powers.
According to the BBC, plans to block suspected British terrorists from returning to the UK will be drawn up on a “cross-party basis” and terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) will be extended, to include the power to relocate suspects.
Terrorists will be required to undergo de-radicalization programs and airlines will be forced to hand over more information about passengers travelling to and from conflict zones, the BBC added.
The home secretary already has executive powers to seize the passports of those travelling abroad in certain cases but Cameron said the police needed greater discretion to act where needed.
“We will introduce specific and targeted legislation… providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned,” he said.