Egypt.. New and severe penalties if secrets of state defense are disclosed

Egypt.. New and severe penalties if secrets of state defense are disclosed
Egypt.. New and severe penalties if secrets of state defense are disclosed

The Egyptian House of Representatives is discussing a draft law amending the Penal Code to toughen the penalty for disclosing state secrets, to become a fine of 5,000 to 50,000 pounds, instead of 100 to 500 pounds.

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The Council will discuss in its plenary session next Sunday the report of the joint committee from the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, and the Defense and National Security Committee, which considered the draft law submitted by the government.

Article 80 A, according to the amendment, states that “Without prejudice to any more severe penalty stipulated in any other law, a penalty of imprisonment for a period of not less than six months and not more than five years, and a fine of not less than five thousand pounds and not exceeding fifty thousand pounds, shall be imposed on each from:

1- He obtained by any illegal means one of the country’s defense secrets, and did not intend to hand it over or disclose it to a foreign country or to anyone working in its interest.
2- Whoever discloses in any way a defense secret of the country.
3- Whoever organizes or uses any means of correspondence with the intention of obtaining, delivering or broadcasting a country’s defense secret.
4- Anyone who collects questionnaires or statistics or conducts studies for any information or data related to the armed forces, their tasks, or their current or former members because of their job, without a written permission from the Ministry of Defense.

If the crime occurred during wartime, or by using a means of deception, fraud, disguise, or concealment of personality, nationality, profession or capacity, or by any means of information technology, or if the offender was an officer of the armed forces, one of its members, or one of its civilian employees, it was The penalty is imprisonment.

The same penalties shall be imposed on attempting to commit these crimes.

Source: Al-Ahram + Al-Shorouk

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