E-crimes law takes ef­fect Jan­uary 12: At­tor­ney Gen­eral

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

KUWAIT: At­tor­ney Gen­eral Chan­cel­lor Dherar Al-Asousi stressed that the me­dia and in­for­ma­tion pros­e­cu­tion, which is part of the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion, would be re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing all the cases in­cluded in the new ‘Elec­tronic Crimes Law’ num­ber 63/2015 that is due to take ef­fect by Jan­uary 12, 2016.

Asousi ex­plained that the me­dia and in­for­ma­tion pros­e­cu­tion would be re­spon­si­ble for han­dling and in­ves­ti­gat­ing such crimes to de­cide whether to shelf or re­fer them to court. Fur­ther­more, Asousi said that ac­cord­ing to the law, the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion would be re­spon­si­ble to in­ves­ti­gate var­i­ous e-crimes in­clud­ing those com­mit­ted us­ing var­i­ous so­cial me­dia net­works and the in­ter­net.

No­tably, Asousi had is­sued a di­rec­tive ex­plain­ing the vi­o­la­tions to be dealt with as crimes and those to be dealt with as mis­de­meanors. Ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tive, crimes like con­spir­ing to top­ple the regime would be pe­nal­ized by a max­i­mum of ten years in prison, cre­at­ing web­sites for or pro­mot­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing would be pe­nal­ized by a max­i­mum of seven years im­pris­on­ment and a KD 10,000-30,000 fine and that money laun­der­ing would be pe­nal­ized by a max­i­mum of 10 years im­pris­on­ment and a min­i­mum of KD 20,000 fine. “Those ac­cused of cre­at­ing web­sites pro­mot­ing ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als or man­u­fac­ture ex­plo­sives and ma­te­ri­als used in ter­ror­ist acts would be pe­nal­ized by a max­i­mum of 10 years im­pris­on­ment and a KD 20,00050,000 fine,” he added, point­ing out that a max­i­mum six month im­pris­on­ment and a KD 500 - 2000 fine was set for unau­tho­rized ac­cess to any ac­count. —Al-Jarida

Dherar Al-Asousi

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