Jail, fine for assaulting cop

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The Ministry of Interior has stressed that it will take legal measures against any citizen or resident who assaults a policeman, especially while the latter is on duty. This came following repeated incidents of assault on the men in uniform recently. In a statement, a copy of which has been obtained by the Al-Qabas daily, the ministry said that the law stipulates that assaulting a member of the police force while carrying out his duties in dispersing a gathering, demonstration, procession, or while resisting arrest or obstructing him during the application of the law, the penalty shall be imprisonment for a period not exceeding 5 years and a fine not exceeding 5,000 dinars or one of these two penalties.

The sources added the legislation in the Penal Code promulgated by Law No. 16 of 1960 and its amendments punished all acts of assault against a public servant while on duty, whether verbally, by gesture, or simply resistance, according to Articles (134 and 135), and making the punishment more severe if the act of assault was against a police force. If the assault consists of insulting verbally or by gesture, then the penalty is imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years and a fine not exceeding 3,000 dinars, or one of these two penalties if there is aggression or resistance by force or violence. The Ministry of Interior called on citizens and residents to abide by the provisions of the law and respect public order and not to fall foul with the law to escape punishment.

News source: arabtimesonline

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