18-year-olds can now be referred to public jails: Child Law amendments
Children participate in violent incidents - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The amendment to the age of majority from 18 years of age to 21 was approved by Egypt’s Legislative Board of the State Council Saturday, headed by judge Magdy al-Agaty, according to Youm7.

The new amendments stipulate that the new age of majority is 18 years old instead of 21, and one who committed a crime shall be referred to prison as an adult, not to juvenile houses.

“If an individual reaches the age of 21, the penalty or the remaining period of the sentence shall be carried out in jail,” according to article 141 of the Child Law 1996. Anyone under the age of 21 then was sentenced to juvenile until they reached the age of majority, then they were sent to jail.

The new amendments came in accordance with Egypt constitution 2014 and the international Child codes.

The Board sent the Cabinet headquarters a copy of the new amendments for continuing all necessary measures to pass them.

Many political and human activists called for amending article 111 of the Child Law after a five-year-old girl was raped and killed by two rapists, 15 and 17, in November 2013 in Port Said.

Both criminals were sentenced to 15 years in jail, the toughest punishment to those who are under 18 years old.

The amendments however are not carried out on article 111, which stipulates “if the child who has reached the age of 15 years and committed a crime, they can be punishable by a death sentence, life imprisonment, or forced labor, he shall be sentenced to imprisonment. Furthermore, if the crime committed is punishable by imprisonment, he shall be placed in custody for a period not less than three months.”

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