Poland expelled several people suspected of terrorism

On 3 April, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak confirmed that several persons involved in extremist and terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), were detained and expelled from Poland.

According to Błaszczak, the arrests were due to an anti-terrorist law, which was adopted by Parliament in June 2016. The law increased the powers of the Polish intelligence services and cooperation with law-enforcement agencies in counter-terrorism measures. Particularly, it permits authorities, for example, to detain foreigners for up to 3 months if they are identified as a threat to Poland. Last week, a man from Chechnya was detained and is accused of direct involvement in fighting for IS in Syria. However, the anti-terrorist law has been criticised by the opposition who claim that it violates civil liberties. The Polish government is very active in matters of security and a large number of laws are being drafted concerning increased funding, anti-immigration measures and more intense involvement of citizens against the threat from the East.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

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