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Name: Decree No. 20 of 2013 on the Crime of Kidnapping and Due Penalties.
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Subject(s): Criminal and penal law; Elimination of forced labour
Type of legislation: Regulation, Decree, Ordinance
Adopted on: 2013-04-02
Entry into force:
ISN: SYR-2013-R-96554
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=96554&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in Arabic Syrian Parliament Official Website, Syrian People's Assembly, Syrian Arab Republic PDF in Arabic PDF in Arabic (consulted on 2014-07-29)
Abstract/Citation: The Decree set out the penalties for kidnapping offences, which range from a life sentence of penal labour to the death penalty. The penalty depends on the motive behind the kidnapping. If the motivation is for political or material gain, revenge, sectarian reasons or to obtain a ransoms the offence is punishable to a life sentence of penal labour. If the kidnapping results in death or serious injury of the victim or is sexually motivated, the offence is a capital offence and punishable by death.

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