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penal code

the codified body of the laws in any legal system that relate to crime and its punishment
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Summary: Bsharri MPs Strida Geagea and Elie Keyrouz have proposed amending the penal code to make marital rape illegal and abolishing an article that allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim.
Section 251 of the Penal Code Act prohibits and prescribes a punishment of three years' imprisonment for forced labor, penalties which are not sufficiently stringent.
Currently, the Texas penal code recognizes the act of sex between members of the same sex as, "deviate" sexual behavior, classified as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a $500 fine, though police do not enforce the law, because it is unconstitutional.
Its comes to fill in a gap in the law resulting from the fact that the current text of article 61A of the penal code is limited to incriminating any offence against national external security, at military and diplomatic levels, and does not include the economic field.
Furthermore, Nicolaou added that the specific crimes were unclear in the penal code, which made it easy for lawyers to use it to their clients' advantage.
The Indian Penal Code was based on English law without English peculiarities and became the basic criminal law of Malaysia and Singapore.
Prosecutors cannot indict defendants using other provisions of the Penal Code because the two articles take precedence in EU funds fraud cases, Bulgarian-language daily Dnevnik quoted Djambazov as saying.
Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code reduces the sentence for killing a relative caught in an "illicit" sexual act, including sex outside marriage.
LAST FALL, HISTORY WAS made in Bolivia as the Bolivian Supreme Court ordered all lower court judges to implement Article 266 of the Penal Code which permits the right to abortion in cases of rape, incest and when a woman's life or health is in danger.
Apart from the rabid anti-Islamic venom, the comments made by the Archbishop of Canterbury led to some discussion about the appropriate penal code and the constant rise in the level of crime.
Under the California penal code, a sex crime like the one that landed Pierce in prison carries a measly sentence of three to eight years.