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Listing of Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation



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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC ATTORNEY-GENERAL MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

MEDIA RELEASE

LISTING OF BOKO HARAM AS A TERRORIST ORGANISATION

Boko Haram has been listed as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code.

The listing follows the statement by the Prime Minister on 14 May 2014 that the Government would take steps to ban this organisation.

It is now an offence to direct the activities of, be a member of, recruit for, train for and receive training from Boko Haram. It is also an offence to get funds to, from or for; provide support to; and associate with members of Boko Haram.

These activities may be subject to offences with significant penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment under the Criminal Code.

Boko Haram is responsible for some of the most heinous terrorist attacks, including the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls, and more recent bombings in Nigeria which have killed hundreds of people.

Listing Boko Haram is consistent with similar action taken against this terrorist organisation by our international partners.

This is the first time that Boko Haram has been listed as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code.

An organisation is listed as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code when the Attorney-General is satisfied the organisation is directly or indirectly engaged in, preparing, planning, assisting in or fostering the doing of a terrorist act or advocates the doing of a terrorist act, whether or not a terrorist act has occurred or will occur.

The listing of Boko Haram is valid for three years, after which the organisation may be re-listed.

Media contact: Scott Bolitho 0477 722 189

20 June 2014