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Maldives: New Penal Code Will Transform Criminal Justice System
Source: http://www.haveeru.com.mv
Source Date: Monday, December 23, 2013
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Maldives
Created: Dec 24, 2013

The new penal code which was reviewed by a parliamentary committee on Sunday will transform the criminal justice system of the Maldives, committee chair and Bilehdhoo MP Ahmed Hamza said Monday.

After seven years the committee had finished review of the bill and sent it back to the Parliament floor.

Speaking during a press conference on Monday, Hamza admitted that the bill could have some issues due to human error, but said that the bill was quite complete based on the technical assistance available.

The amendments brought to the bill by the committee will transform the criminal justice system of the country, he added.

As state institutions will need time to enforce the changes, the penal code will come into effect one year after its is ratified by the president, he said.

Hamza was hopeful that fellow MPs will not propose any further amendments to long over due bill.

The bill on the new penal code was first sent to the Parliament back in 2006. However, later the bill was withdrawn and submitted again. Maldives currently follows the penal code which came into effect in 1961.

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