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Iran: Bill on punishment of arms holders, smugglers to be submitted to Majlis

Tehran, July 21, IRNA - Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hojjatoleslam Ahmad Mousavi said on Saturday that a bill for unishment of smugglers and holders of unauthorized arms and ammunition will be submitted to Majlis.

Hojatoleslam Mousavi said the bill, adopted by the cabinet on June 24, will be submitted to Majlis presiding body in the next parliamentary session.

He said the unauthorized arms and ammunition, smuggled occasionally into the country from the eastern and western neighboring states, prompt other crimes too.

He added that the latest law on punishment of the smugglers and holders of such arms dates back to 36 years ago, failing to cover chemical and biological substances and toxic gases.

Due to the same reason, he noted, Judiciary suggested the bill to the government.

Hojatoleslam Ahmadi said under the bill, the smugglers and holders of such arms would be subject to five to 12 years of prison terms and in case of resisting to government officers, they would be entenced to life imprisonment or capital punishment.

He added that anybody keeping, hiding or carrying light arms illegally or being engaged in building, assembly and any form of trading such weapons would receive three to 10 years of jail terms.

He went on to say that on the case of semi-heavy weapons, the holder, carrier, manufacturer, assembler or trader of such arms would be given five to 12 years in prison and if it is the heavy one, the person(s) would be sentenced to life imprisonment or capital punishment terms.

The holders and carriers of radioactive or biological substances would thus be sentenced to life imprisonment or capital punishment, the ones having military or chemical explosives would be given three to 12 years prison terms, the holders of flamatories or explosives would be targeted to two to five years in prison, the ones being guilty of having or carrying inflammables and explosives would receive six months to two years of jail terms plus a cash fine two to four times the value of the confiscated substances, and the holders of anaesthetics and tear gas to six months to three years of jails terms plus a cash fine two to four times the value of the confiscated materials, he concluded.

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