World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany plans to seize the personal identity cards of would-be suspects for up to three years - twice as long as originally planned - in order to prevent them from joining militants in the Middle East, according to a draft law.
The German cabinet is set to approve the new law on Wednesday, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Monday.
Berlin, like other European countries, is struggling to prevent its citizens from travelling to join Islamic State, the militant group that has seized swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory.
Under existing legislation, Germany can seize passports to keep citizens at home, but not the personal identity cards which every German is obliged to carry at all times.
Under the proposed rule, those whose papers are withdrawn would be given a new document banning them from travel.
About 550 German citizens have joined fighting in Syria and about 180 are believed to have returned, officials have said.Last Mod: 12 Ocak 2015, 16:45