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Swiss plan permanent ban on Islamic State group

Switzerland wants a no-tolerance policy on the jihadist violence wreaking havoc in Syria. Keystone

The government has called for a permanent ban on the militant Islamic State group as well as al-Qaeda and related organisations.

The cabinet on Wednesday decided to present a draft law to parliament to be discussed during the winter session which begins later this month.

The defence ministry said the bill is in line with an existing temporary ban on such organisation. The government has accused the group of serious human rights violations.

The bill foresees outlawing activities, as well as propaganda and financial support of jihadist fighters. Violations carry prison sentences of up to three years or fines.

Last month, the cabinet approved a regulation which is limited to six months.

According to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, there are dozens of cases of people working with militant jihadists, either in Switzerland or abroad.

Iraqi suspects

The justice authorities revealed that three Iraqis have been detained in Switzerland since March suspected of planning an attack in Switzerland.

They apparently tried to import explosives and poison from abroad.

The three men reportedly deny the allegations.

Their arrest is said to follow a tip-off from a foreign intelligence service.

The Swiss authorities called for legal assistance from several western countries, several newspapers reported.

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