Anti-terrorism measures considered by Italian cabinet

The Italian government was today expected to approve a package of anti-terrorism measures drawn up following the July 7 bombings in London.

The Italian government was today expected to approve a package of anti-terrorism measures drawn up following the July 7 bombings in London.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition reportedly agreed on the package yesterday following a meeting between Berlusconi and ministers from the right-wing Northern League Party, which has been pushing for more hard-line measures.

The package was up for approval at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

The measures were not disclosed, but a series of proposals made by Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu to parliament after the deadly London bombings are likely to be included.

These include allowing authorities to detain suspects longer without charges, giving police greater investigative powers and offering incentives for those who aid authorities in bringing down terrorist cells.

The Northern League this week proposed a set of additional measures, including forcibly obtaining saliva samples for DNA tests.

Italy has been on high alert since the July 7 bombings in London, increasing security at airports, railway stations and other sensitive sites across the country.

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