The Malta Independent 21 October 2014, Tuesday

PN pushing for harsher penalties for those assaulting public officers

Malta Independent Thursday, 4 July 2013, 14:04 Last update: about 11 months ago

PN MP Jason Azzopardi presented a private member’s bill this afternoon, calling for changes to the criminal code.

Dr Azzopardi said that the PN is taking a “zero tolerance” approach for offences involving vilification, threats or bodily harm against public officers.

The proposed amendment will aim for harsher penalties for those found guilty.

Dr Azzopardi said that such a law would not be unprecedented, as those found guilty of drug trafficking also lack the possibility of a suspended sentence or probation.

He said that this will send out a strong message that all officials receiving a government wage must be respected.

The bill also proposes for longer sentences to be meted out to those found guilty. 

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