The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 24 October. It was referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee and the Committee's report is due 24 April 2020.
From the Minister's press release:
...“The control orders Bill will mean our community is better protected from the risks of the very small number of New Zealand citizens who have engaged in terrorism related activities overseas."
The Green Party have agreed to support the Bill at the first reading as a result of the following clarifications being agreed:
- New Zealand Courts must have regard to the reliability of overseas jurisdictions when foreign convictions or control orders are used as evidence for a New Zealand control order;
- The Court can only use non-disclosable information in cases where there is a real risk to the safety of a person or persons;
- Whenever non-disclosable information is used, the Court must request that the Solicitor-General appoint a Special Advocate who is able to hear the non-disclosable information and act on behalf of the returnee. ...