Bill would allow victims to sue terrorists

Topeka Statehouse (AP Photo/John Milburn)
Topeka Statehouse (AP Photo/John Milburn)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators are considering anti-terrorism legislation inspired partly by an alleged suicide bomb plot at a Wichita airport foiled in December.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reportsthat a bill heard Monday by the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee would allow victims to sue convicted terrorists. The bill would let victims collect damages equal to three times their losses or $10,000, whichever is greater.

The measure also would make it a felony to conceal a terrorist or hinder prosecution of alleged terrorists.

A 58-year-old avionics technician has pleaded not guilty to federal terror-related charges in what prosecutors say was a plan to set off a bomb at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Supporters of the bill included Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter. The committee took no action.

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