Proposed Electronic Crimes Law faces Senate review

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AMMAN — The proposed Electronic Crimes Law is set to undergo further review once it receives approval from the Senate next Tuesday. This review will take place in the House of Representatives, where it will either be ratified or subject to appropriate amendments, as stated by Ahmad Tubaishat, head of the Senate Legal Committee. اضافة اعلان

Tubaishat mentioned that the law has undergone refinement, with some minor amendments addressing linguistic, procedural, or substantive errors, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

He highlighted that the law is characterized as civilized and advanced, offering greater protection to citizens and individuals rather than focusing solely on safeguarding public authorities.

Feedback and opinions were taken into consideration
To ensure a comprehensive evaluation of the draft law, various experts, civil society organizations, the Bar Association, the Journalists' Syndicate, media professionals, legal experts, and the National Center for Human Rights were consulted. Their feedback and opinions were taken into account to refine and enhance the draft.

Meanwhile, he stressed the significant achievement of differentiating penalties for key articles (15, 16, 17). Now, the judge has the discretion to impose a single penalty, avoiding duplicity of punishment, which includes both imprisonment and fines, thus providing a more balanced approach.

Notably, the House of Representatives had already reduced the penalties even before the law reached the Senate. The reductions proposed by the Senate were subsequently approved, as they aligned with the representatives' stance.

Fine reductions
Additionally, it was confirmed that further reduction was made for Article 16, with the maximum fine lowered from JD50,000 to JD20,000, and the minimum fine reduced by over 75 percent, from JD20,000 to JD5,000.

In case the House of Representatives disagrees with the amendments proposed by the Senate, Tubaishat explained that a joint session between the two councils would be convened. Prior to this joint session, a joint committee, authorized the recent amendments to the Jordanian Constitution in Article 92, would be formed.

This committee will be responsible for reconciling any disputes between the two councils before presenting the revised law to the joint session of the Representatives and the Senators.

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