Bulgaria plans legislative changes to fight terrorism

The Bulgarian government’s security council has decided that there should be urgent legislative changes related to the fight against terrorism, with the Interior Ministry to take the lead in coming up with the changes.

The January 14 decision follows media reports that Bulgaria was coming under considerable diplomatic pressure to rewrite its anti-terrorism laws, with changes envisaged enabling the country to block the movement of radical militant Muslims who hold European passports to the Middle East.

The decision comes a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo offices and on a kosher supermarket. Seventeen people died in these attacks. Subsequently, it emerged that Bulgaria was holding a man who allegedly was linked to one of the terrorists who attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine.

Briefing reporters on the outcome of the cabinet’s security council meeting, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev did not specify precisely which laws would change.

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