The National Assembly yesterday passed a law to combat electronic crimes, stipulating a jail term of up to 10 years for providing online assistance to terror groups and for money laundering.
The legislation, supported in the first vote by 28 MPs and opposed by eight while two members abstained, tackles all crimes related to online activity and cyber space – including social media and others. The second and final vote is due to be held on June 16 as some MPs said they will present amendments.
The lowest penalty under the law is a six-month jail term and a fine of up to KD2,000 for those who illegally use computers that belong to others. The penalty increases if the misuse involves damaging or altering data or information stored in the computer. But the main penalty is a jail sentence for up to 10 years and a fine ranging between KD20,000 and KD50,000 for those who set up a website for terror groups or publish news about them that could be used for raising donations.
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