Uzbekistan introduces additional criminal liability for involvement in terrorism
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Jan. 23
By Demir Azizov - Trend:
New amendments to Uzbekistan's criminal code have come into force.
The amendments include imposing a criminal liability for non-disclosure of information and facts about terrorist acts being prepared or those already committed and receiving training to conduct terrorist activities.
According to the amendments, failure to report a known preparation or commission of terrorist crimes implies a fine or correctional labour up to three years, or imprisonment from three to five years.
A similar offence causing death or other serious consequences shall be punishable by a fine or imprisonment from five to seven years.
A new article was also added to the criminal code. It includes criminal liability for passing training whilst conducting terrorist acts, including the acquisition of knowledge, practical skills for handling weapons, explosive devices, poisonous and other substances.
This crime is punishable by a fine or correctional labour up to three years, or with imprisonment from five to seven years.
At the same time, this article provides the possibility of exemption from criminal liability if a person, who committed this offence, 'voluntarily informs the authorities about completion of training, actively contributes to the disclosure of the offence or identify other people who have undergone such training and those people who conducted, organised or financed such training, as well as the training venues and if the actions of the person himself have no other facts and circumstances constituting a crime'.
The law on introduction of additions to the criminal code was adopted by the legislative (lower) chamber of the parliament in early December, 2013 and approved by the senate (the parliament's upper chamber) on December 13.
The document was approved by Uzbek president.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.M.