Review of acts continues
The Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 was enacted in the aftermath of the Omagh bombing, and contains a number of anti-terrorism provisions. The Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009 provides for measures to tackle organised crime.
A group of six experts, headed by former Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice Michael Peart, is currently working on a review the Offences Against the State Acts, which date from 1939 to 1998.
Minister Humphreys said that an interim report from the group was expected “in the coming weeks”. A public consultation process on the review remains open until 9 July.