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Canada unveils legislation to combat nuclear terrorism

(Xinhua)

14:52, March 28, 2012

OTTAWA, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Canada on Tuesday introduced amendments to its Criminal Code directed at combating nuclear terrorism.

Senator Raynell Andreychuk, a former judge, who introduced the amendments in the Senate, said the government recognizes that nuclear terrorism is a real threat to both national and global security.

"This bill would improve our existing approach to counter- terrorism by punishing those who aspire to commit acts of nuclear terrorism," he said.

The amendments to the Criminal Code proposed in this bill would create a number of new offenses related to nuclear terrorism, including:

Possessing or trafficking nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device, or committing an act against a nuclear facility or its operations, with the intent to cause death, serious bodily harm or substantial damage to property or the environment;

Using or altering nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device, or committing an act against a nuclear facility or its operation, with the intent to compel a person, a government or a domestic or international organization to do, or refrain from doing anything;

Committing an indictable offense for the purpose of obtaining nuclear or radioactive material or a nuclear or radioactive device or to obtain access or control of a nuclear facility;

And the threat to commit these offenses.

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