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Czech parliament OKs extra powers for spy agencies

August 12, 2015

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament’s upper house has approved a plan to give extra powers to the country’s spy services in an effort to tackle terrorism threats and organized crime.

The Senators voted Wednesday to grant increased powers to monitor financial transactions, taxes and communications.

Parliament’s lower house approved the changes on July 8. They were originally requested by the counter-intelligence service known as BIS and received support from the current center-left coalition government.

Presidential approval is still needed for the measures to become effective.

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