Kenyan leader signs controversial anti-terror bill into law

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law a controversial anti-terrorism bill that sparked brawls in parliament and provoked charges that it violates basic freedoms. Kenyatta said he was satisfied that the text adopted by the National Assembly on Thursday did not breach the country’s bill of rights. The controversial measures extend the time police can hold terror suspects from the current 90 days to nearly a year and increase the sentences they face. The opposition and rights groups, however, dismissed the amendments as sugercoating and said the law risked turning Kenya into a police state.

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