Bern: People convicted of terrorist activities on Swiss soil could face up to 20 years in prison, according to the new measures being considered by the Swiss government.
The proposal, presented by Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga on Friday, is part of a series of measures, to be discussed by the Swiss parliament, aimed at improving international efforts to crack down on terrorism.
Some of these measures include raising the minimum and maximum sentences, as well as outlawing the financing of terrorism.
“Switzerland must not become a safe haven for sponsors of terrorism,” Swiss Justice Minister Sommaruga told a group of journalists during a press conference on Wednesday.
The Swiss government also wants to make recruiting as well as training of militants and trips to foreign countries for terrorist purposes punishable offences.
The proposed amendments, which are in line with decisions by the Council of Europe and demands by the Swiss parliament, also aim to speed up collaboration and legal assistance with other countries.
“It’s crucial not to lose any time in the case of an imminent terrorist attack. Therefore, Switzerland wants to provide information and evidence to other countries as soon as possible,” the Swiss Justice Minister explained.
Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga (right) and the director of the Federal Justice Office, Martin Dumermuth, during the press conference on Wednesday.