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Under a new law passed Monday in Singapore, assailants found to have used a nuclear or radioactive material in a future terror attack on Singapore will face summary execution.
Axar.az reports citing to Sputnik while it may not be a high probability scenario, the rise of IS and recent discoveries of biohazardous material in the South Pacific compelled the Singapore government to address the contingency.
Just three months ago, Malaysia cuffed eight people allegedly involved in a scheme to steal Irdium-92, “a radioactive material which can be used to make dirty bombs,” a senior Singapore defense official said.
One contentious point in the legislation is that people outside of Singapore are subject to the punishment we well. This could spark conflict, for instance, if a nation harboring an individual alleged to be a terrorist by Singapore says the accused belongs to their jurisdiction and thus is not prosecutable under Singaporean law.
“It would ensure that perpetrators do not escape punishment, regardless of which country they are from, and where they committed the offenses,” Second Minister for Home Affairs Desmond Lee told Channel News Asia. “This provision allows us to prosecute the offender in Singapore,” he said.
Authorities in the country have not discovered any infiltration of nuclear or radioactive weapons across its borders. “There are no immediate threats, but we take the possibility seriously,” Lee said.
2017.05.09 / 10:36