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Slovakia Amends Constitution after Paris Attacks

  • Associated Press

The Slovak Parliament amends the constitution, Dec. 08, 2015, to give authorities more powers to deal with terror suspects following the attacks in Paris.

The Slovak Parliament amends the constitution, Dec. 08, 2015, to give authorities more powers to deal with terror suspects following the attacks in Paris.

The Slovak Parliament has amended the constitution to give authorities more powers to deal with terror suspects following the attacks in Paris.

In a 95-25 vote Tuesday, the lawmakers agreed to double the time such a suspect can be detained, from 48 to 96 hours. The amendment also extends to six days the time during which a judge has to decide whether a terror suspect will be kept in detention or released.

The measures are part of a package of legislation presented to parliament by the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

They also include changes in the penal code that give increased powers to the intelligence services and police force. A vote is expected later Tuesday but the government has a sufficient majority to approve them.

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