Bahrain to stop paying benefits to accused terrorists

Gulf kingdom also says it is clamping down on fundraising for terror groups
Bahrain to stop paying benefits to accused terrorists
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By Staff writer
Tue 12 Jan 2016 01:55 PM

Bahrainis accused of committing terror acts will see all financial aid and benefits given by the government stopped from the first moment of questioning.

Bahrain’s cabinet approved the new measure at its weekly session this week at Gudaibiya Palace, and stipulated that all payments will be ceased from the moment terror suspects and wanted individuals are summoned for questioning, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.

The government took the decision owing to the enormity of the crimes, according to Information, Parliament and Shura Affairs Minister and official government spokesman, Isa Al Hammadi.

“The government can’t give financial aid and benefits to terror suspects taking into consideration that they are planning, plotting or have executed terrorist acts that directly harm the country,” Al Hammadi was quoted a saying.

“The enormity of their actions require us to take measures against them and for that reason all financial help will be stopped immediately from the moment they are summoned by prosecutors,” he added.

He added that if suspects are cleared of all charges or if prosecutors decide to close the cases against them without further action then all payments will be reinstated backdated.

Meanwhile, the government also approved a proposal to monitor the funding for non-public purposes or “causes” deemed money laundering, according to the newspaper report. The new measure is aimed at stopping fundraising for groups intent on harming Bahrain and its security.

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