The Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee of Bahrain’s Parliament has approved Bahrain Law No. 29/2020 amending Bahrain Decree-Law No. 4/2001 on prohibiting and tackling money laundering and terrorist financing. The new amendments expand the criminalisation of money laundering to include any criminal activity provided for by Bahraini laws or any other laws and international agreements which are ratified by the Kingdom of Bahrain and became party to. The Law also increases the penalties by adding more penalties and granting the relevant authorities the necessary powers to impose administrative fines on violating establishments.
The Legislative and Legal Affairs parliamentary committee has discussed a draft law on the issuing of the advocacy law and decided to approve it with the amendments which have been introduced. The law has been subject to extensive examination by the committee. The chairman of the committee stated the aim is to issue a new law to regulate the profession of advocacy law to keep up with the developments that happened since the current law Bahrain Law No. 26/1980 was issued.
Bahrain’s Shoura Council has approved a Decree-Law to carry out the amendments necessary before the World Bank Review for the usual assessment which takes place in the first quarter of each year. The aim of the law is also to boost confidence in the economic and financial system in the Kingdom to improve its international credit rating. The Law aims to reconcile the financial and economic situation of the investments and companies and to boost the rights of creditors as well as encourage them to utilise the benefits given by the Bahraini legislature.
The Judicial and Legal Committee of Bahrain’s Parliament has reviewed a law to amend Bahrain Law No. 8/1989 (the Court of Cassation Law). The Committee has considered the recommendations made by the Justice Ministry, the Supreme Judicial Council and other institutions in this regard. The new law has been amended and approved.
Bahrain: Telecommunication Regulatory Authority Signs Cooperation Agreement with Arab Centre for Dispute Resolution
Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has signed a cooperation agreement with the Arab Centre for Dispute Resolution. The agreement aims to organise and manage disputes relating to the BH and Albahrain’ Internationalised Domain Name domain names. The Centre will coordinate with complainants, respondents and registrars to complete the necessary documents for filing cases, in addition to the panellists adopted by the Centre.
Bahrain’s Interior Minister has issued a Decision to increase the minimum monthly salary requirement for expatriates looking to sponsor their family members. Previously, the minimum monthly salary requirement was 250 Dinars. It has now been increased to 400 Dinars. To sponsor children who are over 24 or parents, the minimum monthly salary has to be at least 1,000 Dinars. They must also have valid health insurance in Bahrain. The Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs may issue exceptions.
Bahrain’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs has announced that from 7 March 2021, the entry visa approval fee will have to be paid when the approval of the application is made instead of collecting it from the traveller at the port on arrival. The fee is five Dinars. The aim is to save time and facilitate the procedures for entering the country. It will not apply to visa issued before 7 March 2021.
The King of Bahrain has ratified and issued Bahrain Law No. 4/2021 issuing the Corrective Justice Law for Children and protecting them from ill-treatment after it was approved by the Shura Council and Parliament. The law aims to achieve corrective justice.
Courts called “Child Correctional Justice Courts” will be established in Bahrain with the jurisdiction to adjudicate on criminal cases arising from crimes committed by children over the age of 15 years at the time of committing the crime.
A committee called “Judicial Committee” has also been established to examine cases of exposure of the child to danger or ill-treatment referred to it by the competent prosecution office. A centre called the Child Protection Centre has also been established in the Ministry concerned with Social Development Affairs. This will develop plans and programmes to ensure the protection of children from abuse. The law also specifies penalties for those who incite or coerce a child to commit crimes, prepare them for that, or assist them and facilitate this.
The Foreign, Defence and National Security Committee of Bahrain’s Parliament has approved a proposal to increase the penalties for those who refuse to report medical profession crimes. This relates to individuals who must do so because of their legal capacity. They should report any information which might help any suspected crimes be discovered. The law proposes replacing the text of Article 231 of Bahrain Decree-Law No. 15/1976 (the Penal Code) by increasing the penalties for those who work in the medical professions but fail to report suspected crimes. Under the amendment, the jail term would be between three months and a year and a fine of between 200 and 2,000 Dinars.
The Public Facilities and Environment Committee of Bahrain’s Parliament has approved a proposal to reduce the fines imposed by the Building Organisation Law by amending Articles 23 and 24 of it. The Committee referred the proposal to the Council to consider. The aim of the amendment is to reduce the fines imposed on those who build a building or work without obtaining the license from the Municipality. The maximum fine will be 500 Dinars instead of between 1,000 and 10.000 Dinars.