Georgia, Tbilisi, September 19/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The Georgian parliament has adopted amendments at the first reading to tighten the punishment for hoax terrorism calls.
According to the changes to the Criminal Code, the term of punishment for hoax terrorism calls will increase to five years, instead of the current three year imprisonment.
Meanwhile, this action committed under aggravating circumstances and in particular by a group of people, or a repeated commitment causing significant damage will be punishable by imprisonment from five to seven years, instead of from three to five years for today.
In addition, parliament approved changes to the Administrative Code at the first hearing, according to which a punishment in the form of a fine from 300 to 1000 lari is to be considered for making regular false and untargeted calls to the 112 Emergency and Operative Response Centre. This sanction doesn't apply to the perpetrators of hoax calls about terrorism, since such action is punishable under the Criminal Code.
The initiator of the changes is the MP from the Georgian Dream Party Tamaz Avdaliani.
Some 15 hoax terrorism calls have been logged since September 12 to this day. The perpetrators were calling about bombs planted in TV companies, parliament, a bank and a school. All those people were named by the Interior Ministry soon after their implementation. The majority of them were minors.
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