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MPs pass Bill on Penal Code

Luanda, ANGOLA, May 18 - MPs of the National Assembly on Thursday approved, in general terms, the Draft Law on the Angolan Penal Code, which will replace the current Criminal Code of 1886. ,

The bill, which is being debated in the specialty, was approved with 186 votes in favour, three against and six abstentions.


In presenting the bill, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Francisco Queirós, said that the draft law meets the modern trends of criminal policy, in a universal context of great complexity of the criminal phenomenon.


He pointed out that the current Criminal Code is outdated with social, political and cultural reality and therefore a comprehensive reform of criminal law is required, which responds effectively to the most recent criminal manifestations.


The most recent criminal demonstrations have to do with combating drugs, organized crime, computer crimes, and the need to humanize criminal justice in the light of the commitments made by the Angolan State under the governing instruments of national government policy.


According to him, the draft Law evolves towards the establishment of criminal responsibility of collective bodies, admitted in generic terms, but limited to a special private responsibility framework.

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