Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Egypt gets tougher on illegal emigration from its coasts

Egypt’s parliament passed on Monday a bill aimed to curb illegal African migration from the country’s coasts, with 402 votes in favor of the legislation.

According to the new law, anyone found guilty of smuggling, attempting to smuggle, or otherwise aiding in the process of smuggling migrants will be penalized with a fine ranging between EGP 50,000 and EGP 200,000. The bill also stipulates that these criminals will be imprisoned for their actions but does not specify a range for the imprisonment period.

Those who smuggle migrants with the aim of carrying out a terrorist attack will be sentenced to death.

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