17 June 2017

News Story: Australian police granted powers to search terror suspects without warrant

MELBOURNE, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Police in Australia's Victoria state will soon be armed with powers to search terror suspects without a warrant, it was announced on Friday.

Under the new laws, the chief commissioner of Victoria Police will be able to impose orders that allow police to search a suspected person, car and property for weapons or other items.

There will be few restrictions on the new searches, known as firearm prohibition orders, with teenagers as young as 14 liable to be searched even if they do not have any prior convictions.

Shane Patton, deputy commissioner of Victoria Police, said that people who were likely to become radicalized would be targeted as well as organized crime figures and gang members.

Read the full story at Xinhua