House votes unanimously to pass Anti-Terrorism Bill

The Anti-Terrorism Bill has been passed in the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote.

All Opposition and Government members voted in favour of the bill when a division was called around 2.37 pm Tuesday, making the vote 35 for and none against.

There were no abstentions.

The Government had said that the bill must be passed at today’s Parliament sitting or T&T would have been blacklisted by 190 countries.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament yesterday, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi had pointed out the need for amendments in the bill to be passed.

“This bill is ‘Fatca on Steroids’ - to stress how significant it is and the urgency to pass it,” Al-Rawi said.

“T&T faced sanctions by the US only with the controversial Fatca legislation. But if we don’t pass the Anti-terrorism Bill T&T faces sanctions by 190 countries and those sanctions—like Fatca—have to do with correspondent banking and brokering, affecting the economy.”

Yesterday, Government Senate leader Franklin Khan said if the bill is passed in the Lower House today the Senate is prepared to meet on Thursday and Friday to approve the Lower House’s changes.

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