Egypt amends penal code to stipulate harsher punishments on foreign funding

September 24, 2014 10:47 AM

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Egypt amends penal code to stipulate harsher punishments on foreign funding

The amended article – Article 78 of the penal code – now states that offenders who receive foreign or local funding or items to commit acts against the state's interests, "shall be punished by life imprisonment and a fine no less than 500 thousand Egyptian pounds and no more than what he has been given or promised."

This punishment could be raised to execution if the perpetrator is a public servant or holds a public representative status, or "if he committed the crime at wartime or for the purpose of terrorism."

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