HM King Hamad Issues Decree Establishing Counter-terrorism Committee

by BTM

Mon, 17 August 2020

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has issued Royal Decree 50/2020, establishing and forming a committee to combat extremism, terrorism and its financing and money laundering.

The Interior Minister shall be the Chairman of the committee whose members include Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, Finance and National Economy Minister, Information Affairs Minister, Defence Affairs Minister, the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) Governor, the National Intelligence Agency Chief, the Public Security Chief and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme Defence Council.

The Joint Counter-terrorism Centre at the Interior Ministry shall undertake the duties of the secretariat-general of the commitee, and all its administrative work.

The panel’s jurisdictions will include studying all issues related to combating extremism, fighting terrorism and its funding, as well as countering money laundering. It shall suggest policies, and coordinate the general national efforts related to countering extremism, fighting terrorism and combating money laundering, as well as revise them and update them periodically.

It shall also propose the designation of individuals and entities on the national terror list, assess the dangers of extremist ideology, terrorism and money laundering and propose the necessary legislation and systems to combat them, in coordination with the competent authorities in the kingdom.

The Prime Minister and minister –each in their capacity- shall implement the provisions of this Royal Decree which takes immediate effect and will be published in the Official Gazette.

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