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Jordan's new measures aimed at foreigners
Updated: 2005-11-16 01:42

Jordan introduced strict security measures aimed at foreigners Tuesday and said it was drafting the country's first anti-terror specific legislation to prevent further attacks like last week's the triple hotel bombings.

A Jordanian woman passes by a mosque minaret and an apartment building used as a safe house where police arrested the would-be bomber Sajida Al-Rishawi Sunday in the city of Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005. Jordan introduced strict anti-terror measures Tuesday, including demanding all foreigners renting properties be reported to authorities within 48 hours, as the government steps up efforts to prevent further attacks like last week's triple hotel bombings. [AP]

The moves came as more details emerged about the 35-year-old Iraqi woman who failed in her bid to blow herself up in an Amman hotel, with friends saying she had three brothers killed by U.S. forces.

In a bid to keep foreign militants from operating covertly in Jordan, Interior Minister Awni Yirfas announced new regulations demanding that all Jordanians notify authorities within 48 hours of any foreigners renting an apartment or house.

"Violators of this regulation will face legal ramifications," Yirfas said without elaborating.

Authorities will demand that Jordanians provide the names, nationalities and passport details of any foreigner renting a property.

Jordan also has begun drafting tough new anti-terrorism laws that will likely be ready for parliament debate early next year, a top Interior Ministry official said.

The laws propose allowing any suspect to be held for questioning indefinitely and imposing penalties on "those who would expose the lives and properties of citizens to danger inside and outside the country," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was unauthorized to speak to the media.

Anyone condoning or justifying terror actions or supporting them financially will face penalties under the proposed laws, he added.

Ad-Dustour, Jordan's second-largest daily, also said the legislation was being drafted, citing the interior minister.

Jordanian security forces already wield far-reaching powers to arrest and hold suspects, but the proposed laws would be the country's first specifically designed to counter terrorism.
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