In a proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, the Government proposes that it should be made a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation. It also proposes making it a punishable offence to collaborate with a terrorist organisation, for example by selling weapons, vehicles or other similar equipment to such an organisation.
Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson has said that “Sweden has comprehensive criminalisation in the area of terrorism, but it is not actually a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation such as Daesh. With this proposal, it will be,”
Combating terrorism is a top priority for the Government, and a number of amendments to tighten legislation have been introduced in recent years. To further improve opportunities to prevent and combat terrorism, the Government proposes making it a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation. The legislative proposal contains two new offences: participation in a terrorist organisation and collaboration with a terrorist organisation. In addition, it is proposed to make public provocation to commit a terrorist act and recruitment for terrorism punishable offences, as well as travel abroad for the purpose of participating in the activities of a terrorist organisation. Financing such participation will also be criminalised.
It is proposed that the legislative amendments enter into force on 1 August 2019.