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Moz increases penalties for kidnapping

18 December 2013, 12:40

Cape Town – Mozambique has reportedly approved a bill to increase penalties for kidnapping following a wave of abductions that have occurred in the southern African country since 2011.

Bernama reported on Wednesday that under the country’s existing Penal Code inherited from Portuguese colonial rule, kidnapping was not specified as a crime. Prosecutors had to charge the suspects with offences such as private imprisonment, criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms, said the report.

Under the new law, perpetrators can be jailed for up to 24 years.

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