EU brings passport seizure powers

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Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The European Union has introduced new measures to help member nations seize the travel documents of people suspected of trying to join terrorist organisations outside the EU.

France and some EU partners are contemplating taking away the travel documents of people suspected of travelling to countries like Syria or Iraq to sign up as foreign fighters for terror groups.

The new measures and “technical upgrades” to the EU’s vast Schengen Information System computer database could alert authorities stationed on Europe’s external borders.

The European Commission said the measures mean “such documents must be seized and the person concerned will be detained”.

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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