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Australia re-lists four groups as terrorist organisations

The Australian government on Wednesday re-listed Ansar al-Islam, Lashkar-e Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammad, from Pakistan, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as terrorist organisations, Efe news agency reported.



Sydney: The Australian government on Wednesday re-listed Ansar al-Islam, Lashkar-e Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammad, from Pakistan, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as terrorist organisations, Efe news agency reported.

These organisations, which have been listed since 2003, would continue to be listed for another three years, according to a statement from the Australian Attorney-General`s Department.

Under this measure, it remains a criminal offence to direct the activities of, be a member of, recruit for, train for or receive training from these groups.

It would also be a criminal offence to get funds to, from, or for, provide support to, or associate with, members of these terrorist organisations, the statement said.

Such offences could result in a penalty of up to 25 years of imprisonment.

This re-listing is consistent with similar measures adopted by the US, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the UN Security Council.

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