May 31st, 2012 by Editor
The members of the Constitutional and Legislative Committee of the Egyptian People’s Assembly refused the proposal of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice for amendment of the penal code to add article 86 b to the law. The new article mentioned that those who receive, or make it easier to receive amounts of money from any person or agency in abroad in order to commit a crime, are punished with imprisonment.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that issuing this kind of amendment proposals is not justified. The Egyptian penal code has got enough provisions deterring terrorism finance. Abu Seada said that the sanctions came within the amendment proposal reach death penalty. The added article opens the door to considering any foreign finance to any political activities against the current regime as terrorism finance. He stressed on the adequacy of the current Egyptian legislations for confrontation of terrorism finance. Egypt after the revolution is in need to legislations suitable for the future, not those that take the Egyptian people to the past. Terrorism finance is criminalized according to the Egyptian code no. 97, year 1992 in addition to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.
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