Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Amendment Bill - H.B. 15, 2022 - a.k.a. the Patriots Bill

Gazetted on 23rd December 2021

This Bill proposes to make four amendments to the Criminal Law Code not only:

1. to create a new crime of Wilfully injuring the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe [hence the nickname "Patriots Bill" or "Patriot Bill"]

but also to:

2. to introduce mandatory minimum prison sentences for rape

3. to modify the definition of "dangerous drug" by excluding "industrial hemp" [in Chapter VII dealing with Crimes Involving Dangerous Drugs]

4. to restate with new wording the elements of the crime of Criminal abuse of duty as a public officer.

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